YouTube has somewhere between 600 and 700 staff members. This would imply that the video sharing website could add more than 200 employees in 2011.
YouTube launched on February 14, 2005. The service now sees 35 hours of video uploaded every minute and well over 2 billion views every day.
"It's been amazing to watch an idea become a platform that turned into a stage for hundreds of millions of people to express themselves," a Google spokesperson said in a statement. "We now have aspiring filmmakers and musicians building their careers on YouTube, activists opening our eyes to global issues and individuals telling their stories in ways that only video can capture. And because we believe that technology and platforms like YouTube are giving rise to the most diverse set of faces and voices ever seen or heard in human history, us YouTubers really enjoy and feel proud to work here."