5 year

YouTube at 5: 2 Billion served...per day

May 17, 2010: 7:40 AM ET

YouTube celebrated its fifth birthday with a post showing its meteoric growth, some celebrity musings and news that it still doesn't turn a profit...yet.

It is hard to believe that five years ago, there was no YouTube.  No place to easily upload and embed movies into a webpage, nor a place to look to to find entertaining clips from everywhere in the world.  YouTube, now a fundamental part of the Internet, turns 5 today and Google has posted an interesting retrospective on the Internet service.  YouTube..

  • Now gets two billion pageviews/day,  nearly double the prime-time audience of all three major U.S. television networks combined.
  • Now monetizes a billion videos/week, partner ad revenue tripled in 2009.  94 percent of AdAge's top 100 advertisers advertised on YouTube.
  • Sees more than 24 hours of video uploaded every minute (and growing)
  • Supports HD and 3D, broadcasts entire sports seasons live to 200+ countries.
  • Is the third most visited website overall
  • Top videos, including "Evolution of Dance", "Charlie Bit My Finger", and Lady Gaga's "Bad Romance" are approaching 200 million views, each.  That's equivalent to a view from 2/3rds of the US population.

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