YouTube is 8 years old

    Yes, the service that almost every one of us uses on a daily basis is only 8 years old. But it seems that he always existed, right? It was on April 23, 2005 that the first video was uploaded. The developers of the service then did not know that in the future YouTube would become so popular, and that they would be able to sell their development to Good Corporation for a very decent amount.

    And here are some statistics from the official page . Service achievements over 8 years are truly impressive.

    • More than a billion unique users visit YouTube every month.
    • YouTube users watch over 4 billion hours of video each month.
    • Every minute, 72 hours of video are uploaded to YouTube.
    • 70% of YouTube traffic comes from users outside the United States.
    • YouTube is localized in 53 countries in 61 languages.
    • In 2011, more than 1 trillion views, i.e. almost 140 for every inhabitant of the Earth, received YouTube videos.
    • Every day, our users issue millions of subscriptions. This feature allows you to establish contact with those who are of interest to you - whether it be your friends or your favorite sports team - and monitor their activity on the site.

    And more statistics:

    • Content identification system scans about 100 years of video every day.
    • More than 3,000 of our partners use the content identification system. Among them are all the largest American television networks, film studios and record companies.
    • We have more than eight million digital fingerprints in our content identification database (over 500,000 hours of content). This is one of the largest databases in the world. Last year, the number of digital prints doubled.
    • More than a third of all commercial YouTube video views are associated with content identification.
    • Over 200 million videos were recognized by the content identification system.

    The first video uploaded to YouTube was seen by many of Habr's users. But remembering how it all happened doesn’t hurt, right? Here is the very video, which, probably, can even be called "historical". True, the video itself does not represent anything so outstanding.

    It's not “Charlie bit me on the finger” and not “Sneezing Panda”, right? These two videos are one of the most popular since the existence of YouTube video hosting.

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