YouTube: Facts & Figures
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Timeline: Five years of YouTube - a history of memorable moments
- February 2005: Founders register domain name and begin work on site.
- April 23, 2005: First video uploaded to the site.
- May 2005: Beta launch of YouTube.
- June 2005: YouTube embeds enabled.
- December 2005: Official launch (8 million videos watched a day).
- March 2006: Content Verification Program launched.
- March 2006: Filtering technology launches.
- May 2006: Video responses launched.
- July 2006: 100 million video views per day, 65.000 video uploads per day.
- August 2006: First advertising formats launched. Participatory Video Ads (PVA) and Brand Channels.
- October 2006: Google acquisition of YouTube for $1.65 billion.
- May 2007: First known instance of Rick Roll.
- June 2007: YouTube launches in nine countries.
- June 2007: YouTube mobile site launched.
- July and November 2007: CNN/YouTube Debates.
- August 2007: InVideo Ads launched.
- September 2007: Non-profit channels launched.
- October 2007: Queen of England launches YouTube channel.
- October 2007: Content management system "Content ID" with video identification launched.
- December 2007: YouTube Partner Program launched.
- January 2008: 10 hours of video uploaded every minute.
- January 2008: YouTube mobile site launched with full video catalog.
- March 2008: YouTube Insight analytics tool launched.
- April 2008: YouTube Screening room launched.
- May 2008: 12 hours of video uploaded every minute.
- June 2008: Interactive YouTube feature Annotations launched.
- June 2008: YouTube integration into Sony Bravia TV.
- August 1008: YouTube Captions launched.
- October 2008: CBS and MGM full-length programming comes to YouTube.
- October 2008: 15 hours of video uploaded every minute.
- November 2008: Promoted Videos launched.
- November 2008: Pre-Roll ads launched.
- December 2008: 720p HD launched.
- January 2009: US Congress and President channels launched.
- January 2009: Homepage ads expanded from 1 to 7 formats.
- February 2009: Vatican Channel launched.
- March 2009: Disney deal signed.
- April 2009: Peabody Award.
- April 2009: Shows and movies launch with hundreds of movies and thousands of full-length TV episodes.
- May 2009: 20 hours of video uploaded every minute.
- June 2009: YouTube auto-share launched connecting YouTube to social networks and Webmail accounts.
- July 2009: 3D launched.
- August 2009: Individual Video Partnerships launch.
- October 2009: Live stream of U2 concert.
- October 2009: First major network deal signed for catch-up TV on YouTube - Channel 4.
- October 2009: YouTube announced more than 1 billion views per day.
- November 2009: 1080p full-HD launched.
- January 2010: YouTube Rentals launched.
- February 2010: Live stream of President Obama YouTube interview.
- March 2010: YouTube video page redesign launched.
- March 2010: 24 hours of video uploaded per minute.
- April 2010: Indian Premier League cricket season live-streamed to the world on YouTube.
- May 2010: YouTube exceeds 2 billion views a day.
- 19 seconds - the length of the first video uploaded to YouTube.
- 1.96 million - the number of times the first video has been played.
- 185.39 million - the number of times the most popular video on YouTube, Lady Gaga's "Bad Romance", has been played.
- 6.6 - the factor by which YouTube's number of monthly video streams served (4.67 billion) exceeds that of the second-place site in that category, according to Nielsen.
- $1.65 billion in dollars worth of stock, the amount Google paid to acquire YouTube in November 2006.
- 51 - the number of languages into which Google's automatic speech recognition technology can translate YouTube videos and create captions.
- International: Localized in 22 countries across 24 different languages.
Key YouTube stats
- Exceeds 2 billion views a day. Nearly double the prime-time audience of all 3 major US broadcast networks combined.
- 24 hours of video uploaded every minute.
- Average person spends 15 minutes a day on YouTube.
- More video is uploaded in 60 days than all 3 major US networks created in 60 years.
- 70% of YouTube's traffic comes from outside the US.
Partner and advertising stats
- Partner ad revenue more than tripled in 2009.
- There are over 7.000 hours of full-length movies and shows on YouTube.
- YouTube is monetizing over a billion video views per week globally (that's more monthly views than our closest competitor).
- 94 of Advertising Age's 100 top advertisers have run campaigns on YouTube and the Google Content Network.
- The number of advertisers using display ads on YouTube increased 10-fold in the past year.
- More products/features released in 2009 than in all of 2007 and 2008 combined.
- The combination of better search and discovery (in addition to more content) has driven daily minutes per user up 55% in 2009.
- YouTube has more HD content than any other online video site.
- Hundreds of millions of videos are watched every month on mobile devices.
- The YouTube player is embedded across 10's of millions of websites.
- Content ID scans over 100 years of video every day.
- 1000+ partners are using Content ID, including every major US network broadcaster, movie studio and record.
- Over a third of YouTube's total monetized views come from Content ID.
- Over 3 million people are connected and auto-sharing to at least one social network.
- An auto-share Tweet results in ~7 new youtube.com sessions.
- YouTube Video Consumption across social networks: 1) Facebook - 46.2 years of videos watched a day; 2) MySpace - 5.6 years of videos watched a day; 3) Orkut - 12.7 years of videos watched a day; 4) Hi5 - 1.2 years of videos
watched a day.
10 most subscribed channels on YouTube
- #1 NigaHiga: 2.159.651 subscribers.
- #2 Fred: 1.712.103 subscribers.
- #3 ShaneDawsonTV: 1.463.081 subscribers.
- #4 Smosh: 1.444.257 subscribers.
- #5 RayWilliamJohnson: 1.188.647 subscribers.
- #6 UniversalMusicGroup: 1.096.290 subscribers.
- #7 Sxephil: 1.054.484 subscribers.
- #8 Machinima: 1.011.493 subscribers.
- #9 ShaneDawsonTV2: 972.849 subscribers.
- #10 DaveDays: 919.233 subscribers.
Website Monitoring | Data compiled for you by Website-Monitoring.com on 05/10/2010 | Data source: YouTube.