With over 6 billion hours of video watched every month, YouTube is the biggest video sharing website in the world.
Below are 13 eye-popping facts about YouTube:
1. 400 hours of video uploaded to YouTube every minute
At the Vidcon 2015, YouTube CEO Susan Wojcicki revealed that 400 hours of video are uploaded to YouTube every minute. That’s equivalent to 24000 days worth of content uploaded to YouTube every minute.
2. Half of YouTube views come from mobiles
YouTube announced that more than 50% of views come from smartphones. Viewers are spending an average of 40 minutes watching videos on mobile devices. This highlights the importance of optimizing your videos to suit mobile viewing.
3. YouTube has one-third of all people on the Internet
YouTube receives over a billion monthly viewers. According to YouTube statistics, this accounts for almost one-third of the population on the Internet. Thus, it is a great platform to reach a diverse and widespread audience demographic
4. 80% of views come from outside the US
YouTube is fully functional in over 70 countries. The website is available in over 76 different languages, covering 95% of the internet population.
5. YouTube on mobile reaches more 18-49 year-olds than any cable network in the U.S.
A large percentage of YouTube users are between18-49 years. Thus, businesses and marketers can use YouTube to reach a large number of potential consumers within the specific age bracket.
6. 95% of views is driven by 5% of videos
Tubular reports that there are at least 1.1 billion videos generating 7.8 trillion all time views. However, only 5% of the videos generate 95% of the views. According to Tubular, this translates to 58.6 YouTube videos generating 7.4 trillion views.
7. Music is the most searched keyword on YouTube
Music is the most searched keyword on YouTube followed by Minecraft and movies. Minecraft was also one of the most popular topics for video creators in 2015. Ryan Wyatt, YouTube’s global head of gaming content revealed that there are over 42 million Minecraft videos on the website.
8. Gangnam Style caused YouTube’s programming to change
PSY’s Gangnam Style nearly hit YouTube’s 2,147,483,647 play limit. YouTube had to tweak its programming and expand the play limit to 9,223,372,036,854,775,808. Good enough for PSY’s next video I suppose.
9. “Me At The Zoo” was the first YouTube video
YouTube was founded by Chad Hurley, Steve Chen and Jawed Karim. The trio met while working at PayPal. Jawed Karim posted the website’s very first video on 23rd April 2005. It’s a video of him describing elephants at the San Diego Zoo. The video has over 30 million views.
10. YouTube turned its site upside down as an April Fools prank
YouTube is famous for its April Fools pranks. On 1 April 2009, users were greeted with an upside down website. YouTube tried to convince viewers that the change was intended to improve viewing experience.
11. Batman is the most popular superhero on YouTube
The dark knight of Gotham has earned the merit of being the most sought-after superheroes on YouTube. Batman has over 3 billion views and 71,000 hours of video followed by Thor and Superman.
It’s Batman Vs. Superman all over again!
12. The owner of FunToyzCollector, the 3rd most viewed channel is unknown
The third most viewed YouTube Channel is run by an anonymous woman who unboxes toys. The video features a young woman’s well manicured hands remove and assemble Disney toys. The channel has over 1600 videos and receives over 380 million views every month. The super mysterious YouTuber made $5 million in 2014.
13. 144 billion minutes of gaming videos are watched every month
YouTube is a haven for gaming videos. Each month, gamers watch over 144 billion minutes of gaming videos. As a result, the website has redesigned the watch page on gaming.youtube.com and enabled live streaming of mobile gameplay.
What began as a dating site has now revolutionized the online video viewing experience. As the world’s third most visited website, YouTube will go down the history books for the way it has transformed the internet.
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Manasa Boggaram is a writer and has a strong passion for music, positive news and constructive journalism. When she is not researching story ideas or writing blog posts, she spends her time reading books, discovering new music and eating lots of street food.