YouTube Five Years and Streaming Two Billion Views Daily

YouTube Five YearsIt’s hard to believe that it’s been five years since the first beta version of YouTube.com has been launched in May 2005. YouTube, the web’s most popular video site with over 24 hours of videos uploaded per minute, was registered in Feburary 2005 and the first video was uploaded in April 2005.

Along with the birthday celebration, YouTube announces it has surpassed an astonishing two billion video views a day.

YouTube has launched the My YouTube Story campaign to commemorate this occasion featuring a wall of clips of people around the world talking about how YouTube changed their lives. An example of this is Ryan Higa, the most subscribed user, shown below.

YouTube Current Stats

Over 2 Billion Video Views a Day
3rd Most Visited website according to Alexa
Average time a person spends on the site daily is 15 minutes
45 million home page impressions a day in USA alone
24 Hours of video uploaded a minute
100 Years of video scanned for copyright infringement a day by Content ID
It would take 1700 years for one to watch all the videos on YouTube.
More video uploaded to YouTube in 60 days than all 3 major US broadcast networks create in 60 years.
More HD content than any other site.

Most Subscribed Channels of All Time

(Numbers current as of May 17, 2010 at 5:42 PM EST)

nigahiga – 2,230,505 subscribers – 60 videos
Fred – 1,734,839 subscribers – 55 videos
ShaneDawsonTV – 1,516,629 subscribers – 117 videos
smosh – 1,484,234 subscribers – 121 videos
RayWilliamJohnson – 1,286,624 subscribers – 102 videos

Most Viewed Videos of All Time

(Numbers current as of May 17, 2010 at 5:53 PM EST)

Lady Gaga Bad Romance – 206,785,645 views
Charlie bit my finger – again! – 190,993,628 views
Evolution of Dance – 143,619,546 views
Miley Cyrus – 7 Things – 118,875,249 views
Pitbull – I Know You Want Me – 120,934,565 views

See YouTube’s Infographic here, featuring a timeline of major milestones, most subscribed channels, current stats, and more.

At five years, two billion views per day and counting (YouTube Blog)

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Brian is the co-founder of TechAirlines. He is a developer currently focusing on mobile and web development. He is currently a sophomore at Stony Brook University, majoring in Computer Science.