Google is today celebrating the eighth anniversary of its massively popularly video-sharing service, YouTube. The search engine giant has shared some interesting facts about the site - YouTube now sees more than 100 hours of video uploads every minute.
“That’s more than four days of video uploaded each minute! Every month, more than 1 billion people come to YouTube to access news, answer questions and have a little fun. That’s almost one out of every two people on the Internet,” says the YouTube team.
“Over the years, you’ve continued to surprise and delight us. And the past year was no exception. Who would have guessed that a tux-rocking K-pop star would shatter records left and right or that Sesame Street would go global with 1 billion views? That’s one of our favorite things about our global audience: you’re as unpredictable as you are creative and irreverent.”
YouTube's grown massively since its launch in 2005. On its seventh birthday, YouTube revealed it was seeing three days of videos (72 hours) per minute – which is about 37,840,000 hours of video per year!
Boasting of more than 800 million users worldwide, YouTube has continuously updated with new and interesting features such as video playlists and option to convert all short form videos uploaded in 1080p into 3D.
Google, however, now plans to monetise the service, which has remained free for the end user for quite some time. It recently launched paid-video subscription service, under which users will have to pay a certain amount to subscribe to channels. Read more about the YouTube paid video subscription service here.