21 Mind-Blowing YouTube Facts And Numbers

YouTube is the world’s most popular video sharing website by a distance. When YouTube came to existence, no one ever thought that a publicly contributed video website could pull it off so big.

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 21 of my favorite YouTube facts which will blow your mind.

Interesting YouYube Statistics And Facts You Should Know:

1. Parents of YouTube

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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. Birth Of YouTube

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 unable to share the videos of the party.

It is also said that the infamous wardrobe malfunction of Janet Jackson (Super Bowl XXXVIII) 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 during the eBay buyout of PayPal.

4. Original Intention

YouTube was supposed to be a dating website, but destiny had other plans. We aren’t complaining!

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” the domain of which was utube.com.

utube.com was bombarded with people looking for YouTube which led Universal Tube to change its domain name to www.utubeonline. It was then that the confusion among the customers/users of both the companies was cleared.

6. Grabbed By The Big Fish

Being a smart player in the market, it was Google that understood the potential of this video sharing website and offered a mammoth $1.65 billion buyout in the very next year of YouTube’s inception. They sealed the deal in November 2006. 

7. First Video

The very first video on YouTube was launched at 8:27 PM on Saturday, April 23rd, 2005, where one of the co-founders 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 the Zoo”. 

8. April Fool’s Day Prank

YouTube started April Fool’s Day pranks in 2008. The custom is followed till date.

In the 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”. It was also known as the “Rickrolling” prank.

Prank of 2009 was another classic. YouTube turned the page upside down when users clicked a video and called it a new page layout.

Once, they tied up with a newspaper satire company “The Onion” and claimed that the video sharing website was launched as a contest and that it would no longer exist.

They said winners would be announced later. Would you believe that two channels fell for it and streamed it live for 12 hours?

Well, funny, but true.

9. Most Popular Video (non-music)

The most-watched non-music video is “Masha and the Bear”, a Russian animated television series created by Oleg Kuzovkov. At the time of this post, it has around 3.36 BILLION views! 

10. Most Popular YouTube Video (musical)

The most viewed music video on YouTube is Despacito by Luis Fonsi featuring Daddy Yankee posted on January 12, 2017. As of date, the video has been viewed over 5.8 billion times!

However, the first YouTube video to receive over 1 billion views was Gangnam Style, a music video by Psy. It was posted on December 21, 2012.

11. Mobile Views

The average number of mobile YouTube video views per day is 1,000,000,000.

12. Length Of Videos

There are over 7,000 hours of full-length movies and shows on YouTube, and it’s 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. Viewers watch 100 million hours of video per day on Facebook!

OMG!

15. Users

More than 1.9 billion unique users visit YouTube each month. That is almost one in two internet user across the world!

16. Audience Nationality

Only 20% of YouTube’s traffic comes from the USA. Other countries contribute 80% of the traffic.

17. Uploading frequency

Over 300 hours of video are uploaded to YouTube every minute and over 1,300,000,000 people use YouTube.. 

18. High Definition Content

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

19. Time Needed To Watch All Videos

1,000 new videos are uploaded by the time one finishes watching one video on YouTube. However, if you negate that fact, it would take, it would take you 60,000 years of non-stop watching to watch each and every video on YouTube.

20. Global Spread

Owing to its high global presence, the site is localized in 89 countries and available in 76 different languages.

21. Top Superhero Of YouTube Till Date

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 least, here is an interesting YouTube Infographic by Shortymedia, which gives some mind-blowing facts and numbers from YouTube:

Youtube Facts Infographic

Well, since its birth to the most popular superhero of YouTube, I tried to collect the most important 21 Facts about YouTube.

Do let me know if you know of any other interesting facts about YouTube which I should have included over here. Don’t forget to meet the YouTube stars who are making $2000+/day.

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

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A blog scientist by the mind and a passionate blogger by heart ❤️. Harsh Agrawal is recognized as a leader in digital marketing and Cryptocurrency space. Fountainhead of ShoutMeLoud and CoinSutra, and a Speaker at Inorbit, IBM, India blockchain summit. He has won numerous awards for his work at ShoutMeLoud. Life motto: Live while you can! Teach & inspire while you could & Smile while you have the teeth.

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