Today YouTube is the single biggest distributor of video Media on Earth. From independent small films to news Media and entirely new Genres of programming. When YouTube started it was truly something different from anything that had come before it. It was all in the name, the you in YouTube was in reference to the producer and the Aim was to broadcast yourself.
This theme was highlighted in 2006 when time Magazine’s person of the year was you. The Caption on the cover read. “Yes you, you control the information age welcome to your world.” And this was entirely true in the beginning we have the power to turn YouTube into anything that we wanted.
But recently some people don’t feel the same way some say that the true essence of YouTube has been diluted with corporate interests. Coupled with drama and demonetization running rampant.
But today in this article, we’ll just focus on YouTube, its size and some fascinating insights into how it has changed our world.
YouTube was started by 3 X Paypal Employees Chad Hurley Steve Chen and Jawed Karim. The year is 2005, and it was an interesting time. There was no such thing as a smartphone as we know today.
One day in 2005 the Trio realized that it was hard to find a copy of Janet Jackson’s wardrobe malfunction that occurred in the 2004 Super Bowl. This problem sparked an idea there had to be an easier way to upload and share videos. They knew the technology existed. It was just a matter of building the right website to take advantage of it. So they did.
It was a really small team to begin with just a group of a few guys who thought it would be a really awesome project. To give you some idea of how small the team really was we basically had two system admins more or less, two software architects dealing with scalability issues, We had two feature developers doing everything that the users see, we had two network engineers building a network that pushed tens of gigabits per second and One DBA and, and we hadn’t bought by Google – no shops yet, and if you think I’m kidding about the drinking or sleeping parts, and now
It was such an awesome project that google took notice just one year later in 2006 Google Would Buy YouTube. Fast forward to today and now the website is a totally new world of sharing video content on a massive global scale never seen before.
So, the question must be asked how big is YouTube?
Every minute 400 hours of video are uploaded it’s an ocean of images and sound offering all kinds of experiences imaginable. 38 percent of users are female, and 62 percent are male. 1.3 billion people around the world use YouTube in 2006 this was just 20 million. Together it is 1.3. Billion people watch 5 billion videos per day. Every day 1 billion hours are watched on YouTube with half of these views coming from mobile Devices
So 1 billion hours sounds kind of meaningless. Let’s break it down to give you an idea of just how massive that is it’s over 100,000 years of video content or 15 times the amount of time lives throughout all of recorded history in video format every single day.