Just how popular is YouTube? Well, lets just say that it is so popular, that over 4-billion hours of video are watched each month. If you want to convert that to something else that we can relate to, we are talking about 456,000 years of videos and user uploaded content. On a lighter note, that is also the same as driving yourself nuts willingly by watching the original Nyan Cat video around 66 billion times. In fact, the video sharing giant did report its official figures as three billion hours of footage each month, so the latest unofficial figure of four billion is definitely an achievement not to be sneezed at.
In addition article on Mashable says, YouTube users now upload 72 hours of content every minute which has considerable difference back in 2008 which users were only uploading 10 hours of media content every minute.
YouTube is becoming more popular for a variety of reasons. We recently discussed how people are making a living on the video site, and also how the site is growing in popularity. The more people getting faster internet is the biggest effect, and unlimited plans too. More people are getting easy access to high bandwidth websites on a regular basis without hitting their internet limits, and YouTube is the first stop to use up those megabytes.
Interestingly, back in May, YouTube announced that its users were watching 3-billion hours of videos per month and seeing how the video-sharing giant skyrocketed for a very short period of time –it might be not to long for the company to tell us that it has recorded 5-billion hours monthly.
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(YouTube is a video-sharing website where users can upload videos. It is currently (7/2012) the largest such site, and was founded in 2005 by Chad Hurley, Steve Chen, and Jawed Karim, who all worked at PayPal before. While it mainly featured movies from regular folks (and some illegal user uploads) at the beginning, but eventually YouTube grabbed enough market share to attract higher quality content over the years. Now, there is something for everyone, and YouTube continues to push for high-quality content, while keeping the support from amateur video-makers. The company was acquired by Google in 2006 for $1.6B.)