When YouTube first launched in May of 2005, it seems unlikely that anyone could have understood what would become of it. It gained public interest fast, and a mere year-and-a-half later, it was picked up by Google for $1.65 billion (talk about a great ROI). Fast-forward to today, and YouTube enjoys a staggering billion visitors per month – that’s about 1 out of every 2 people that have Internet access.
In a blog post, Google had a few more stats to throw our way. Every minute, over 100 hours of video is uploaded to the site – about 60 days’ worth in the time it took me to write and publish this post. Today, the company has over 1 million partners, and “more than 1,000 companies worldwide have mandated a one-hour mid-day break to watch nothing but funny YouTube videos“. Alright, the last one is a made-up statistic, but wouldn’t it be great?
To celebrate turning eight-years-old, Google sourced The Gregory Brothers to explain in a video just how epic YouTube has become. As one of those people who doesn’t go a day without visiting the site, I can assuredly say that I’d be lost without it. Sure, there are alternatives, but most of them are ad-ridden or have other issues that drive me bonkers. YouTube keeps it simple, and it works.