Amazing Facts of Youtube

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  • No matter how you use it, these YouTube facts are worth a read!
  • YouTube was founded on February 14th (Valentine’s Day!), 2005 by three ex-PayPal employees.
  • YouTube was founded by Steve Chen (USA), Jawed Karim (BD) and Chad Hurley (Taiwan). The Bangladeshi co-founder Jawed Karim was the first person to upload a video in it.
  • The inaugural video titled Me at zoo – has been viewed over 74 million times as of 2019.
  • It was originally funded with the bonuses that the employees received when eBay bought out PayPal.

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  • Every minute, over 100 hours of video is uploaded to YouTube.
  • Every month, YouTubers watch 6 billion hours of videos per month, and 4 billion videos every day.
  • The first ever YouTube video was uploaded on April 23, 2005. It is a video of its co-founder at the San Diego Zoo.
  • Only 18 months after YouTube was founded, Google bought it for $1.65 billion.
  • There are over one billion users on YouTube, which is nearly one-third of everyone on the Internet.

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  • Initially, YouTube was created to be a video dating site called “Tune In Hook Up.”
  • The oldest cat video on YouTube is dated back to 1894. It features two cats boxing.
  • In 2014, the famous YouTube star, Grumpy Cat, earned more money Gwyneth Paltrow – an Oscar-Winning Actress.
  • Google of course, is the biggest search engine in the world. But right behind it, is Youtube, which is bigger than Bing, Yahoo!, and Ask combined.
  • Every April Fool’s Day, YT plays a prank on its millions of users. When they played first prank, they turned the website upside down and Rick Rolled everyone.

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  • Rickrolling made its first appearance on YouTube in 2009. At the height of Rickrolling which was 2008, over 18 million U.S. adults were Rickrolled.
  • Aside from U.S., the most YouTube views come from Saudi Arabia. It’s because TV, FB, and Twitter are banned in Saudi Arabia, but YouTube is unrestricted.
  • The most popular tutorial that is searched for is “How to kiss.” The second most searched for tutorial is “how to tie a tie.”
  • The most popular topic that is searched for is of course, music!
  • The total amount of videos uploaded in 2010 is the equivalent of 150,000+ full-length movies in theaters every week.

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  • The first world leader to create a YouTube channel was the British Prime Minister, Tony Blair who made his account in 2007.
  • Based on a 2013 study, 60% of the 1,000 most viewed YouTube videos are banned in Germany.
  • The longest video on YouTube is 571 hours, 1 minute, and 41 seconds long. That’s the same as 23 days and 19 hours!
  • The video to first reach 1 billion views the fastest was Hello by Adele. It reached 1 billion views in 88 days.
  • The video to reach the most views in the first day of being uploaded is the Star Wars: The Force Awakens Official Teaser #2. It reached 112 million views in 24 hours.
  • Justin Bieber is one of the first YouTube success stories. He posted covers on YouTube which were discovered by Usher which paved the road to his astounding level of fame.

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  • Every day, over 150 years of YouTube are watched on Facebook.
  • In Thailand, YouTube was blocked for 5 months in 2007 due to a 44 second video that showed pictures of the king being defaced.
  • There is a program to scan for copyright infringement called Automated Content ID – it scans over 100 years of video every day.
  • YouTube opened a production space in Los Angeles that is free to use – but only if you have at least 10,000 subscribers.
  • Every minute, there are 400 tweets going out that include a link to a YouTube video.
  • In 2011, 30% of all the videos on YouTube account for over 99% of views.

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