50 Awesome YouTube Facts and Figures

YouTube is a modern phenomena. The social media  platform’s original concept is rumoured to have been inspired by the idea of being a video dating site with the unlikely title of “Tune In Hook Up”. In the end it launched as a simple video sharing site that has helped reinvent the web from a one way static channel to an interactive web eco-system (along with social networking channels such as MySpace, Facebook and Twitter) that has enticed and compelled us to engage globally with other internet users using a variety of rich multi-media and social sharing platforms.50 Awesome YouTube Facts and Figures

YouTube after initially being about viral videos that just entertain is now much more than that, with the “How To” category being the fastest growing segment on the social video sharing channel.  YouTube is even being used as a tool to teach high level mathematics and other academic and tertiary subjects with Salman Khan of khanacademy.org revealing at a recent Ted Talk, how his 2,000 plus YouTube videos are assisting students pass university degrees.

50 YouTube Facts & Figures

  1. YouTube was created by Chad Hurley, Steve Chen, and Jawed Karim in 2005 who were all employees of Paypal
  2. YouTube was initially funded by bonuses received following the eBay buy-out of PayPal
  3. The founding trio didn’t come up with the YouTube concept straight away. Legend has it that YouTube began life as a video dating site dubbed “Tune In Hook Up,” said to be influenced by HotorNot. The three ultimately decided not to go that route
  4. The inspiration for YouTube as we know it today is credited to two different events. The first was Karim’s inability to find footage online of Janet Jackson’s “wardrobe malfunction,” and the second when Hurley and Chen were unable to share video footage of a dinner party due to e-mail attachment limitations
  5. The domain name YouTube.com was registered on Valentine’s Day in 2005
  6. The domain name caused a huge misunderstanding for Universal Tube & Rollform Equipment. Its company domain, “utube.com,” was overwhelmed with traffic from people that tried to spell the video site’s name phonetically
  7. The first video on YouTube is of one of the co-founders Jawed Karim talking about elephant’s trunks titled “Me at the Zoo” shot at the San Diego Zoo.
  8. The first video has received over 4.8 million views
  9. Google paid $1.65 billion for YouTube in November 2006
  10. Google serves over 6 times more videos than its next closest competitor according to Nielsen
  11. Google’s auto speech recognition technology translates 51 languages including captions
  12. The longest Video ever on YouTube is 48 hours (2 days!)
  13. The ‘how to’ video category is the fastest growing vertical on YouTube
  14. YouTube has 490 million users worldwide (unique visitors per month)
  15. It generates an estimated 92 billion page views each month.
  16. The average YouTube user visits the site 14 times per month
  17. The average user spends an average of 25 minutes on the site each time they visit.
  18. The average user spends 5 hours and 50 minutes per month (not as much as Facebook)
  19. Together, we spend 2.9 billion hours on YouTube in a month. That’s 326,294 years.
  20. More than 13 million hours of video were uploaded during 2010 and 35 hours of video are uploaded every minute.
  21. The amount of video uploaded in 2010 is the equivalent of 150,000+ full-length movies in theaters each week
  22. More video is uploaded to YouTube in 60 days than the 3 major US networks created in 60 years
  23. 70% of YouTube traffic comes from outside the US
  24. YouTube is localized in 25 countries across 43 languages
  25. YouTube’s demographic is broad: 18-54 years old
  26. YouTube reached over 700 billion playbacks in 2010
  27. They have signed over 10,000 advertising partners to date, including Disney, Turner, Univision and Channel 4 and Channel 5
  28. Hundreds of partners are making six figures a year
  29. There are over 7,000 hours of full-length movies and shows on YouTube
  30. YouTube is monetizing over 2 billion video views per week globally
  31. 94 of AdAge’s Top 100 advertisers have run campaigns on YouTube and the Google Display Network
  32. The number of advertisers using display ads on YouTube increased by 1,000% in the last year
  33. YouTube has more HD content than any other online video site
  34. 10% of YouTube’s videos are available in HD
  35. Automated Content ID (which detects duplicate content to prevent copyright infringements) scans over 100 years of video every day
  36. More than 1000 partners are using Content ID, including every major US network broadcaster, movie studio and record label
  37. Over a third of YouTube’s total monetized views come from Content ID
  38. Over 4 million people are connected and auto-sharing to at least one social network
  39. An AutoShared Tweet results in 6 new youtube.com sessions
  40. Over 5 million people have found and subscribed to at least one friend on YouTube using friend-finding tools
  41. Millions of subscriptions happen each day. Subscriptions allow you to connect with someone you’re interested in—whether it’s a friend, or the NBA—and keep up on their activity on the site.
  42. Users like Machinima, MysteryGuitarMan, Fred, collegehumor, and UniversalMusicGroup have millions of subscribers
  43. More than 50% of videos on YouTube have been rated or include comments from the community
  44. Millions of videos are favorited every day
  45. YouTube mobile gets over 100 million views a day
  46. The YouTube player is embedded across tens of millions of websites
  47. YouTube says that on average there are more than 400 tweets per minute containing a YouTube link
  48. The most watched video (that is not a music video) is “Charlie Bit My Finger” with currently 317 million views
  49. The most watched music video is Justin Bieber’s “Baby” which currently has over 536 million views
  50. In 2009 the US Congress and President YouTube channels were launched

So how do you use YouTube and how could you creatively apply it to your business or organisation?

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  • http://twitter.com/carpediembabs Barb Smith

    Hi Jeff! Interesting info as usual, thanks :) To answer your question, I have clients who use YouTube for anything from a ‘recipe of the week’ to a weekly Q&A session… the uses are endless, and the benefits great – love it when a client has a search result for a video when their competition doesn’t – makes them show up above them, even for words that they would traditionally beat us on.

  • http://womeninbusinessradio.com Michele Price

    You can use YoutTube LOTS of ways. It is great for SEO by uploading video about clients who love the results you gave them. Speakers can upload videos of their presentations. Authors can uplaod stories of the behind the scenes what went into their books.

    You want more-I charge for that chuckle!

  • http://twitter.com/Michelle_Potter Michelle

    Fascinating! YouTube has such an interesting history for being so young. I have a YT related blog (dft.ba/-MichelleTellsBlog) and I totally plan on citing this in a future entry to two :)

  • http://diyblogger.net/about Dino Dogan

    I use it to educate people on how to use stuff (“stuff” is purposefully generic…I dont want to plug my own shit on your platform) so I guess Im part of that expanding vertical leap. Who knew I was so trendy :-)

    Where do you get your facts from? Its fascinating stuff :-)

  • Vickie Bates

    Fantastic information, Jeff. I was at a conference a few weeks ago where a speaker mentioned that YouTube is the second-most-popular search engine after Google and first among teens. As Barb Smith notes, the potential for positioning brands and enabling clients to share expertise is huge. I think it’s also where nonprofits should be in terms of creating awareness. Thanks for all of this great information on an increasingly important channel.

  • Joe

    Great information Jeff, unfortunately you don’t cite any sources for your information, which means it’s not possible for anyone to refer to this as accurate. Without the references, this could all be stuff you made up, which I’m sure isn’t true. Please post your sources for this information.

    • http://jeffbullas.com Jeff Bullas

      Thanks for your comment Joe. If you read to the bottom of the article you will find the 3 sources I used for the post.
      Sources
      YouTube Press Statistics
      Royal Pingdom.com
      Mashable.com
      Cheers
      Jeff

    • http://jeffbullas.com Jeff Bullas

      Thanks for your comment Joe. If you read to the bottom of the article you will find the 3 sources I used for the post.
      Sources
      YouTube Press Statistics
      Royal Pingdom.com
      Mashable.com
      Cheers
      Jeff

  • Joe

    Great information Jeff, unfortunately you don’t cite any sources for your information, which means it’s not possible for anyone to refer to this as accurate. Without the references, this could all be stuff you made up, which I’m sure isn’t true. Please post your sources for this information.

  • http://www.getdailyviews.com/ youtube play increaser

    I always was interested in this topic and still am, appreciate it for putting up.

  • dream2ink

    Creating relevant and compelling content with viral video campaigns is one of the most effective methods of promotion in the digital age.  After working in the advertising/print industry for fifteen years, I have never been more excited about how technology is allowing us to integrate many mediums of advertising effectively and affordably.  Best of luck in 2012!

  • http://twitter.com/DestinyGodley DestinyGodley

    I use and LOVE youtube! It really makes what I do EASY and FUN! If you are on youtube stop by and say HI! http://www.Youtube.com/DestinyGodley 

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=673922013 Tamara Vuorinen

    In the future video will be is the most common form of communication.
    Video marketing – the hottest trend and YouTube is the best video site.
    http://www.newexportmarket.com

  • http://jeffbullas.com Jeff Bullas

    Thanks Caryn for the question they are from September 2011.

  • Anne

    the longest video is now over 100 hours long 

  • RandomFACTS

    Longest video is more than 200 hours long.

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