21 Mind-Blowing YouTube Facts And Numbers

Youtube is world’s most popular video sharing website. When Youtube was created, no one ever thought that a publicly contributed video website can pull it off so big. In previous decade we didn’t even know about YouTube. Of course it grew up so fast that today most of the internet users are aware or at least have heard about it. Most of you know that it is a video sharing website owned by Google where users upload, view and share videos. But what you don’t know about YouTube is what this article is all about. Here are my favourite 21 youtube facts which will blow your mind.

Interesting Youtube Statistics and Facts you should know:

1. Parents of YouTube

Youtube founders

YouTube is the mastermind of Chad Hurley, Steve Chen, and Jawed Karim. They created it in 2005 when they were all employees at PayPal.

2. How YouTube was born

The idea came to its founders at a dinner party at Steve Chen’s place in San Francisco when due to some email attachment error they were not able to share the videos of the party that night. It is also said that the infamous wardrobe malfunction of Janet Jackson (Super Bowl XXXVIII) also set the launching point of YouTube as Jawed Karim was not able to find its footage.

3. Funds for YouTube

As mentioned above the three founders of YouTube were PayPal employees. They used the bonuses that all three of them received during the EBay buyout of PayPal. 

4. Original intention

Note that initially, YouTube was meant to be a dating website but as the destiny played its own games, what we got today is simply amazing.

5. Domain name misunderstanding

The domain name youtube.com was registered on Valentine’s Day in 2005 and the name was all goofed up as “Universal Tube & Rollform Equipment”. Later the company changed its domain name as UTubeonline and the confusion among the customers/users of both the companies was cleared.

6. Grabbed by Big fish

Being a smart player in the market it was Google who could catch the potential of this video sharing website and offered huge $ 1.65 billion in the very next year of the inception of YouTube. They sealed the deal in November 2006. 

7. First video

The very first video on YouTube was launched at 8:27PM on Saturday April 23rd, 2005 where one of the co-founder Jawed Karim posted the video of his visit to the San Diego Zoo. Karim talked about elephant’s trunks in this video titled “Me at zoo”. 

8. April fool’s day prank

YouTube started April fool’s day pranks in 2008. Post that every year they successfully do it. In 2008 prank, all the links to the videos on the main page were redirected to Rick Astley’s music video “Never Gonna Give You Up”, also known as “Rickrolling” prank. Prank of 2009 was classic; they turned the page upside down when user clicked a video and they call it a new page layout.

Similarly down the years, this year they tied up with a newspaper satire company “The Onion” and claimed that the video sharing website was launched as a contest and now it is over. Winners will be announced and you won’t believe the video of two presenters announcing all this was streamed live for 12 hours.

9. Most popular video (non-music)

The most watched video which is not a music video is “Charlie Bit My Finger”. At the time of this post it has around 562 million views. 

10. Most Poplar video (musical)

The most viewed video (music) on YouTube is the music video of the song “Gangnam Style” by PSY which was posted on July 15, 2012. It became the first YouTube video to receive over 1 billion views on December 21, 2012.  Number of views currently is 1.7B and is still growing.

11. Number of hits

YouTube crossed 1 Trillion hits in 2011 which means 140 views per person alive on earth

12. Length of videos

There are over 7,000 hours of full-length movies and shows on YouTube and its continuously growing.

13. Business

YouTube has signed over 10,000 advertising partners to date, including Disney, Turner, Univision and Channel 4 and Channel 5. Thousands of partners are making six figures a year. Currently, there are over a million members of the YouTube Partner Program.

14. Usage

YouTube usage is tremendous; YouTube videos of length around 500 years are watched every single day on Facebook.

15. Users

More than 1 billion unique users visit YouTube each month.

16. Audience nationality

Only 30% of YouTube’s traffic comes from USA. Other countries contribute 70% of the traffic.

17. Uploading frequency

100 hours of video are uploaded to YouTube every minute. It has been found that more videos are uploaded to YouTube in 60 days than the 3 major US networks created in 60 years. 

18. High Definition content

YouTube has more HD content than any other online video site.

19. Time needed to watch all videos

It is said that it would take over 1,700 years to watch all the video content on YouTube.

20. Global Spread

Owing to its high global presence, the site is localized in 56 countries and available in 61 different languages.

21. Top most superhero of YouTube till today

Batman is the most popular of all superheroes on YouTube, with more than 3 billion views of 71,000 hours of video.

Last but not the least, here is an interesting Youtube Infographic by Shortymedia, which gives some mind-blowing facts and numbers from Youtube:

Youtube Facts Infographic

Well from its birth to the most popular super hero of YouTube, I tried to collect the most important 21 Facts about YouTube. Do let me know if you know any interesting facts about Youtube which I should have included over here. Don’t forget to meet the Youtube stars who are making $2000+/day.

I believe it would have helped you to know more about the most popular video sharing website i.e. YouTube. If you enjoyed this stats, don’t forget to share it with your friends on Facebook and Google plus.

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