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By: Theresa Cahill
Internet (Apr 23) – Five years ago to this day, the first YouTube video was posted online. Yakov Lapitsk shot this video on Saturday, April 23, 2005, at the San Diego Zoo.
YouTube now boasts more than 120 million videos with approximately 200,000 videos uploaded on a daily basis. The number of YouTube videos watched each day is estimated at 200 million. For every minute in the day, 13 hours of additional video footage is added to the web site.
More than 300 million individuals have created accounts on YouTube, with just a little over 12% violating copyright laws.
Music, entertainment, people and their blogs, comedy, sports, education, automotive, and film comprised the top video categories. Approximately 80 percent of the videos are done by amateurs, with professionally done videos making up 15 percent. The remaining five percent are attributed to commercial and productions by corporations.
Rounding out the top countries who upload to YouTube on a consistent basis are the United States, United Kingdom, Philippines, Australia, Brazil, Canada, France, Germany, Mexico, Spain, and Turkey.
It would take the average viewer over 600 years to see every video loaded at YouTube if no additional videos were added.
Back in 2006, Google bought YouTube for close to $1 billion dollars, a sum many thought was insane. Today, YouTube pulls in revenue through Google’s use of adsense and it is so intertwined with Google that its networth estimates are difficult to access. Easily, Google and YouTube are worth billions.
Source(s): Answers.Yahoo.com & Wiki.Answers.com