The site Gets 30 million visitors per day and 80% of that is outside of the United States. YouTube is the second biggest search engine behind Google and the third most visited site on the internet behind Google and Facebook
fun fact, Gangnam Style actually breaking YouTube when crossed 2.14 billion views in 2013 that number was the highest integer of the 32-bit view counter could handle so it had to be upgraded now YouTube can support over 9 quadrillion views per video. As early as 2012 YouTube was already larger than cable TV in the United States. To put the final nail on the coffin in March of 2017, YouTube launched YouTube TV a direct take on cable TV at a slightly cheaper cost than the competition.
So $35 a month users get over 40 cable channels, but also can see related YouTube content for example reactions and commentary on a recently screened episode of a show. The average viewing session for YouTube in 2016 was 40 minutes a 50 percent increase over 2015 a large part of this is due to YouTube’s recommendation algorithm. Which I admit gets me stuck and discovering new things for hours at a time.
But also a lot of this growth has come from so-called developing nations according to the International telecommunications union in 2000 every three internet users in a developed country there was only one internet user in a developing country today it switched for everyone internet user in a developed country there’s now two users in developing countries. All this new access to the internet means more access to YouTube. So how does YouTube work? YouTube’s Main cost comes from the Bandwidth Hardware and power consumption of their service.
Even since 2007 it was revealed by early Google programmers that each video is hosted by a mini cluster server. So the advantages of using a mini cluster is as follows:
- One there’s more discs serving content which means more speed
- two Redundancy if one machine goes down another can take over and
- three there are online backups
So how’s YouTube influence society so we know some of the biggest stars have gotten their start on YouTube? YouTube include regrettably Justin Bieber or not so much Donnell Glaive from Derek’s comedy the girls from Broad City or the boys from Workaholics and In the reverse it’s now common to see familiar faces like the rock Terry crews and Steve-o do collabs with bigger YouTubers. In a way this shows that YouTube and traditional film may be starting to have a crossover. I find this really interesting.
Let’s go deeper than all of that. What’s the real impact Youtubers had on Society in 2010 the owner of Ted talks Chris Anderson noted that crowd accelerated learning from YouTube could dramatically accelerate knowledge resulting in the biggest learning cycle in Human history. Perhaps that hasn’t happened just yet. But I do know that I’ve learnt a great deal of skills like video editing for example just from watching tutorials on YouTube, and I’m sure some of you can relate to that.
It’s also common for YouTube videos to be shown in schools and universities around the globe. Watching what we want when we want in an individualist nature is a fairly new concept. The VHS and audio cassette recorders were the earliest form of individualist media consumption. YouTube in a way is the next step to this concept we no longer need to record just find the video and press play.