Thursday, 3 January 2013

Top 10 YouTube Facts You Need to Know

01. 4 Billion Videos are Watched Every Day

That's right, 4 billion. That includes everything the over 800 million
different users YouTube enjoys every month, not to mention the astonishing 
3 billion hours of video that are added every month.

02. Originally was Slated for Online Dating 

The creators of the tube originally wanted to make a dating site called 
“Tune In Ho0k Up", which was to be heavily influenced by the site Hot0rNot. 
After testing the waters, there was a consensus that this was not the way to go.

03. The First Video is About Elephants...or Something

The first video put up on face book was entitled Me at the zoo , and 
was footage of YouTube co-founder Jawed Karim discussing elephant 
trunks while visiting the San Diego Zoo. This riveting short film has 
wracked up over 9 million views at this point. 

04. It's Not UTUBE

Universal Tube & Rollform got the worst of this one. Initially people 
were attempting to type the address phonetically, which caused mass 
confusion for customers of both companies. After a lawsuit by the U 
was thrown out, they changed their address to Utubeonline, and Utube 
is now a redirecting page for people who suffer this folly.

05. Thank You Janet Jackson

For those of us that remember the great boobgate scandal of Super Bowl XXXVIII, this event served as a launching point for the site. When Karim 
was unable to find footage of the previously mentioned Jackson's nipple, it inspired him to help create the site we use to today.

06. 92 Billion Page Views Per Month

That's with an average user visiting the site 14 times a month, and 
staying around 25 minutes per visit. Now that's not enough as some 
other social networking site, but it's still a pretty nice chunk of time
in your life you'll never get back.

07. Three Homies

Chad Hurley, Steve Chen, and Jawed Karim all were buds from their
old job, you know, that little thing called PayPal. When that got bought
out by those fat cats over at Ebay, all the boys got bonuses. Sure, they 
could have gone to Cabo, but that's so 1998, and this was 2005! So that 
cash went into the conception of the YouTube.

08. Across the Pond

Nearly 70% of YouTube's traffic comes from outside the good old USA. 
In fact the site is localized in 36 countries, across 54 different languages. 
Who did you think was posting all those soccer videos?

09. It's Got Definition

Although only 10% of the sites videos are broadcast in HD, that's
more than any other on the net. This includes thousands of full length 
films and television programs.

10. Advertising Pays the Bills

With ad space for over 10,000 companies including Disney, Turner, 
and Univision, they've got the department covered. Not to mention 
the nearly 3 billion video views per week the site is monetizing.

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