YouTube turns five, hits two billion views per day

By on May 17, 2010, 10:32 AM
YouTube is celebrating its fifth anniversary this month with an announcement that the popular video sharing site, a subsidiary of Google, is now getting more than two billion page views per day. The number is particularly impressive considering it has doubled in the last eight months. Google has posted an interesting retrospective on the service highlighting the important role it has played in making Internet video stars through viral videos, how it has served as a platform for public figures to deliver their message or independent film-makers showcasing their work, and helped regular people disseminate information from areas inaccessible to the media, as in the case of the Iran protests.

YouTube has also had its share of problems related to intellectual property infringement, and despite its surge in popularity the service has yet to become a profitable venture for Google since the search giant acquired it in 2006. But the future looks bright for the company nonetheless. YouTube is now reportedly monetizing a billion videos each week, with ad revenue tripling in 2009. They are starting to bring professionally produced movies and TV shows to the site, and are seeing considerable growth on mobile devices and media center platforms.

To celebrate YouTube's birthday, Google has launched a new video channel, where it allows people to upload videos describing how the video-sharing site has changed or shaped their lives. Also, Conan O'Brien, Vint Cerf and Katie Couric have added playlists showcasing their favorite videos from the past five years.





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TomSEA TomSEA, TechSpot Chancellor, said:

Those are some staggering view numbers. Can't believe it's only 5 years old - seems like it's been around forever...

gobbybobby said:

Thats one hell of alot of Bandwidth! I would like to see how many TB/PB of data is used by youtube alone.

Burty117 Burty117, TechSpot Chancellor, said:

I'm interested like gobby, i would love to see the technical data behind their site, they must have loads of servers and the bandwith they must take is huge! wish they had some data they could supply.

tonylukac said:

All these Iranian protest videos. Where are the tea party videos?

Tomorrow_Rains said:

Tea party Videos haven't gone Viral. I actually did not know what you were talking about i had to go ahead and look it up, I thought you were referring to the tea party back in the 1800's (insert correction if I'm wrong) Anyways, Congrats YOU TUBE! And cheers.

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