YouTube has a rather big anniversary this month, so in celebration we thought we'd toss together some of the most mind-boggling facts you've ever heard. YouTube is a lot bigger than you thought, and the proof is in the pudding (so to speak.)
YouTube has more than 1 billion users.
That’s almost the entire population of Europe and South America COMBINED.
Every day people watch hundreds of millions of hours on YouTube.
That's more time than almost a half a million people will spend watching TV in their ENTIRE LIVES.
300 hours of video are uploaded to YouTube every minute.
That’s 432,000 hours a day. This means that every day, approximately 50 years worth of videos are uploaded to YouTube.
It is estimated that in 2007 YouTube consumed as much bandwidth as the entire Internet in the year 2000.
That's just insane if you really think about it.
Half of all YouTube views are on mobile devices.
We really like our mobile devices and apparently, it shows.
To date, the most watched YouTube video has approximately 2.2 billion views.
It is that of Psy’s “Gangnam Style”, the popular hit from 2012. At a distant second is Justin Bieber’s “Baby” at 1.2 billion.
YouTube turns 10 years old this month.
It's hard to believe it's been a full decade since the video sharing service launched.
All three founders were early employees of PayPal.
Chad Hurley, Steve Chen, and Jawid Karim all were ground-level employees of the popular payment service.
The original idea for YouTube was as an online dating service.
The website “Hot or Not” was popular at the time and they wanted to capitalize. It is also rumored that a similar idea sparked the creation of Facebook (as seen in the movie The Social Network.)
Founder Jawed Karim uploaded the first ever video to YouTube.
It was a brief video of him at the zoo and was fittingly entitled “Me At the Zoo”.