100 Fascinating Facts about YouTube
Can you even remember a world before YouTube? We personally have trouble remembering anything from the pre-YouTube era. It almost seems like the video streaming site has been around forever. Maybe that’s just because we love the site so much, love for YouTube help spawn cloud culture so in honor of our deep love of everyone’s favorite source of cat videos and mindless content, here are 100 fascinating facts about YouTube.
100 Fascinating Facts about YouTube:
1. YouTube was created in February 2005.
2. YouTube was originally created by three former PayPal employees.
3. The company was created after one of its founders became frustrated with trying to share video footage of a dinner party. He was unable to do so over email because of attachment size limits.
4. In November 2006, Google purchased YouTube for $1.65 Billion.
5. YouTube’s first headquarters were above a pizzeria and Japanese restaurant in San Mateo, CA.
6. The first YouTube video was titled “Me at the zoo” and shows founder co-founder Jawed Karim at the San Diego Zoo.
7. “Me at the zoo” was uploaded at 8:27 PM on Saturday, April 23, 2005.
8. The 19 second video has been viewed over 30 million times.
9. The first video to reach 1 million views was a Nike Ad featuring Ronaldinho in September 2005.
10. By July 2006, YouTube announced over 65,000 videos uploaded every day.
11. At the same time, the site was receiving 100 million video views per day.
12. By 2014, YouTube announced that 300 hours of new video were uploaded every minute.
13. In 2007, YouTube used as much bandwidth as the entire internet used in 2000.
14. YouTube is the 3rd most visited website in the world.
15. The site currently has about 15 billion visitors per month.
16. The most viewed YouTube video is “Gangam Style” by Psy with over 2.5 billion views.
17. In 2007, YouTube began including ads before videos.
18. Many people now make their living through their YouTube channel, through ad sales and sponsored videos.
19. Members of the “YouTube Partners Program” may include ads before their videos, for which they keep, on average, 55% of the revenue. YouTube keeps the remaining 45%.
20. Pre-roll advertisements (ones that play before the video begins) cost advertisers $7.60 per 1000 views, on average.
21. Assuming pre-roll ads appear before half of a video creator’s videos, a video creator would earn, on average, $2.03 per 1000 views.
22. YouTube’s top earner is Felix Arvid Ulf Kjelberg AKA PewDiePie.
23. PewDiePie earns an estimated $12 million per year from his YouTube channel.
24. PewDiePie’s channel originally contained videos of him playing and reviewing video games, but quickly branched out to include other content.
25. With 40 million subscribers, PewDiePie’s has the most subscribers of any channel on YouTube.
26. On July 19 2014, PewDiePie’s channel surpassed Rihanna’s Vevo account to become the channel with the most total views of all time.
27. YouTube is the second largest search engine after Google.
28. YouTube viewers are even split female and male, but men spend 44% more time on their sites.
29. Most viewers fall in the 25-34 age range.
30. In 2007, British Prime Minister Tony Blair became the first world leader with a YouTube channel.
31. Over 5 billion hours of video are viewed on YouTube every day.
32. 5 billion hours translates to over 300 hours of video watched every day.
33. 70% of videos are viewed on mobile devices.
34. Full HD was released on YouTube in November 2009.
35. In 2012, a YouTube video called “The Innocence of Muslims” caused international anti-American demonstrations.
36. 10 Countries have blocked YouTube at some point: Brazil, Turkey, Germany, Libya, Thailand, Turkmenistan, China, North Korea, Iran and Pakistan.
37. In 2007, Brazilian model Daniella Cicarelli sued YouTube over removal of a video of her and her boyfriend, leading to a short ban of YouTube in Brazil.
38. Turkey has banned YouTube several times over “videos that insulted Turkishness.” The current Turkish government is threatening another YouTube ban.
39. In Germany, all YouTube clips containing copyrighted music are banned, even if the music is playing in the background.
40. A 2013 study found 60% of the 1000 most viewed YouTube videos are banned in Germany.
41. YouTube was banned in Libya in 2010 for showing anti-government protests and the Gaddafi family at lavish parties. It was restored in 2011 following the Libyan Revolution.
42. YouTube was blocked in Thailand for 5 months in 2007 over a 44 second video showing defaced pictures of the king.
43. YouTube was blocked in Turkmenistan in 2009. No official reason was given. To use the internet in Turkmenistan, citizens must present a passport at state-run internet cafes.
44. YouTube has been blocked in China since 2009. There are very strict rules for posting videos on Chinese sites.
45. In North Korea, only a few communist party elites can access the actual internet, making YouTube inaccessible for the vast majority of the population.
46. Iran blocked YouTube in 2009 following protests over the presidential election. In 2012, a state-run alternative called Mehr was launched.
47. Pakistan blocked YouTube in 2012 following controversy over the “Innocence of Muslims” clip.
48. Several other countries have partially blocked YouTube or blocked access to certain videos, in particular, “The Innocence of Muslims” clip.
49. YouTube reaches more adults age 18-34 than any cable network.
50. 80% of YouTube traffic comes from outside the US.
51. The most viewed “user generated” YouTube video is “Charlie Bit my Finger” with over 500 million views.
52. If a YouTube uploader receives three copyright strikes, his or her account is suspended and all videos uploaded to the account are removed.
53. Time Magazine once wrote that YouTube comments “make you weep for the future of humanity just for the spelling alone, never mind the obscenity and the naked hatred.”
54. The average user spends 15 to 25 minutes on YouTube per visit
55. More content is uploaded to YouTube in 60 days than the three major American television networks created in the last 60 years.
56. On Facebook, over 150 years of YouTube video are watched every day.
57. There are over 400 tweets per minute containing a link to a YouTube video.
58. The longest video on YouTube is 571 hours, 1 minutes, and 41 seconds long.
59. The video contains a slide show of uploader Jonathan Harchick’s 2009 trip to Chile.
60. The average YouTube user accesses the site 14 times per month.
61. The program that scans YouTube videos for copyright infringement is called Automated Content ID.
62. Automated Content ID scans over 100 years of video every day.
63. If copyrighted material is discovered, YouTube gives the copyright owner the option of blocking the content or adding ads to the video. The copyright owner then receives revenue from these ads.
64. It’s estimated that one third of YouTube’s total revenue is paid to copyright holders.
65. The most like video is “See You Again” by Wiz Khalifa featuring Charlie Puth with 12.59 million likes.
66. The most disliked video is “Baby” by Justin Beiber, which received 2.5 million dislikes.
67. In 2011, 30% of videos on YouTube accounted for over 99% of views.
68. In 2011, YouTube surpassed 1 trillion views.
69. This translates to 140 views per person on Earth.
70. In 2007, the company began the “YouTube Awards” to recognize great content.
71. Winners receive a trophy, which is a large glass play button.
72. In 2010, YouTube added “Promotes Terrorism” to the list of reasons users can give when flagging content as inappropriate.
73. On July 21, 2009 YouTube announced that users could now upload 3D videos.
74. 3D videos can be viewed several different ways, such as by using anaglyph lenses (the red/cyan colored glasses).
75. In January 2015, YouTube announced that it would support 360° videos.
76. 360° videos can be viewed on Google Cardboard VR Headsets.
77. YouTube mobile was launched in June 2007.
78. Not all YouTube videos are available on YouTube mobile.
79. On November 12, 2014 YouTube launched its first premium service, originally called “Music Key.”
80. On October 28, 2015 the Service was relaunched as “YouTube Red.”
81. For a monthly subscription fee, YouTube Red offers ad-free streaming of all videos and access to exclusive original content.
82. Since 2008, YouTube has a tradition of playing elaborate April Fool’s Day pranks, every April 1st.
83. In 2008, for the company’s first April Fool’s Day prank, all links on the sites homepage led to the music video “Never Gonna Give You Up” by Rick Astley.
84. In early 2013, Billboard announced that it was calculating YouTube streaming data into considerations for the Billboard Hot 100.
85. In 2008, YouTube was awarded a George Foster Peabody Award, being described as a Speakers’ Corner that “both embodies and promotes democracy.”
86. The Washington Post has reported that a disproportionate share of YouTube’s most subscribed channels feature minorities. This is in contrast to mainstream television, which remains disproportionately white.
87. In December 2012, approximately 2 billion views were removed from the view counts of Universal and Sony videos, prompting speculation that they broke site policy on using automated processes to inflate view counts.
88. The video with the most views within the first 24 hours is the Star Wars: The Force Awakens Official Teaser #2, which reached 112 million views in 24 hours.
89. As of June 2017, only 63 YouTube videos have reached 1 billion views.
90. Of the 63 videos that have reached 1 billion views, 56 are music videos.
91. The video to reach 1 billion views fastest was “Hello” by Adele.
92. “Hello” by Adele reached 1 billion views in 88 days.
93. The second quickest video to reach 1 billion views is “Sorry” by Justin Bieber, which reached 1 billion views in 123 days.
94. “Sorry” by Justin Bieber reache 2 billion views in almost 360 days.
95. Justin Bieber has 4 songs with over 1 billion views, as of June 2017 no other artist has more than two.
96. Justin Bieber became famous after being discovered for his YouTube channel. He is now one of the worlds most successful recording artists.
97. Justin Bieber’s Vevo channel also currently holds the record for most subscribers for a musical act.
98. The most subscribed non-English YouTube Channel is currently HolaSoyGerman, a Spanish-language comedy channel belonging to Chilean comedian German Alejandro Garmendia Aranis. It currently holds the number two spot for subscribers, just after PewDiePie.
99. Forbes recently valued YouTube at about $70 billion dollars.
100. That means if YouTube were its own company, it would be number 66 on the S&P 500!
101. Bonus! You can embed your team’s favorite Youtube videos directly into your LiveTiles Design-built portals using the video tile.
So there it is, our 100 fascinating facts about YouTube. We hope you found them interesting. Now, back to the cat videos.