Happy 5th birthday Youtube
The phenomenon that is video hosting website YouTube is five years old next week.
It is just out of its digital nappy but it is so much a part of everyday life, what on earth would we do without it?
It may be only five years ago that its first video was posted but it seems like a lifetime ago already.
And an unbelievable 40% of all the videos available anywhere in the world are now stored on this Goliath among web phenomenons.
It’s the fourth biggest site on the whole internet and streams 5 billion videos every month – 17 streams a month per visitor, with 15 hours worth of video uploaded to YouTube every minute of every day.
You’d have to live four lifetimes to watch every video minute contained on the site.
It’s now a huge worldwide influencer too.
The Obama political camp used YouTube to connect with younger viewers in its US Presidential Election campaign. And the type of influence one previously anonymous individual can have if their YouTube video goes viral is unprecedented.
So, what’s the most popular YouTube video of all time then? Surely that’ll be a good indicator to the state of the world, as so many of us invest so much time and take so much pleasure in watching it.
We’re a cultured bunch aren’t we?
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