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Five Years of YouTube - Facts, Figures and Memorable Moments | LifeLan

Five Years of YouTube: History of Memorable Moments

Few days ago YouTube celebrated its 5th anniversary getting a new number; 2 billion video views daily. 2,000,000,000 views!

Happy birthday YouTube, You have drawn a lot of smiles on many faces in the past 5 years. A lot of tears, A lot of stories and a lots of entertainment giving all the internet users a chance to discover and shape the world through videos.

Lemme start by showing you YouTube’s Five-Year Anniversary Video, Have a look…

Now, Let me draw a timeline of the past five years of YouTube…


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 enable.
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 a 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 20008 – 13 hours of video uploaded every minute.
June 2008 – Interactive YouTube feature Annotations launched.
June 2008 – YouTube integration into Sony Bravia TV.
August 2008 – YouTube Captions launched.
October 2008 – CBS and M6M 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 hour 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.

Interesting Facts

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.


Localized in 23 countries across 24 different languages.

Key YouTube Stats

Exceeds 2 billion views a day.
Nearly double the prime-time audience of all 3 major U.S. broadcast networks combined.
24 hours of video uploaded every minute.
Average person spends on YouTube 15 minutes a day.
More video is uploaded to YouTube in 60 days than all 3 major US networks created in 60 years.
70% of YouTube’s traffic comes from outside the U.S.

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.

Product Stats

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 10s of millions of Websites.

Content ID

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

Facebook: 46.2 years of videos watched a day.
MySpace: 5.6 years of videos watched a day.
Orkut: 12.7 years of videos watched a day.
Hi5: 1.2 years of videos watched a day.

Top 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.
Sources: YouTube & compiled by Website-Monitoring [05/10/2010]

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Muhammad Jahangir Alam June 13, 2010 at 8:37 AM

I want to be a part of this organization, I am a professional Urdu Newscaster and News Producer.


Sukik June 13, 2010 at 12:12 PM

Thanks for sharing all these info, Such a great post!
Long live Youtube!


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