For some, YouTube is merely a place to watch music videos, how-tos, or for something funny. But for others, it is a free place to follow creators on a daily basis for entertainment, whether they’re gamers, beauty gurus, or vloggers. There are even big communities of fans who love different and stranger parts of YouTube for videos like ASMR, reaction, or unboxing. If you think you’re one of the people who really ‘knows’ YouTube, read ahead and test yourself whether you knew these youtube facts or not.
1. Number of Users
Yes, YouTube dominates video world, but when it comes to the number of users, Facebook still comes first. And with the crazy growth of Facebook Video, Facebook always wants to stay the king. A study from 2014 said that 77% of Americans are on Facebook, but only 63% are on YouTube.
And LinkedIn is at 25%, followed by Google+ at 24% and Twitter at 21%. Bottom line, Video is the King, and right now YouTube is the king of Video as it scores almost one-third of the Internet users. In numbers, that is around 1,300,000,000.
2. Hours of Video
-More than 400 hours of video are uploaded to YouTube every minute!
-Almost 5 billion videos are watched on Youtube every single day!
-And an average of 6 Billion hours of video is watched on YouTube every month!
-350,000 hours of VR YouTube videos watched on Google Cardboards till date.
3. YouTube originated as a Dating Site
Somewhat like Facebook, the founders didn’t come up with the YouTube concept straight away. Legend has it that YouTube began life as a video dating site dubbed “Tune In Hook Up,” said to be influenced by HotorNot for people looking for dates. The idea did not seem to catch on so the website’s name was changed to “YouTube” in 2005. And it was acquired by Google for $1.65 billion in 2006.
The inspiration for YouTube as we know it today is credited to two different events. The first was Karim’s inability to find footage online of Janet Jackson’s “wardrobe malfunction,” and the second when Hurley and Chen were unable to share video footage of a dinner party due to e-mail attachment limitations.
4. Amazing Product Demographics:
YouTube’s Statistics say that:
-For people under the age of 50 YouTube is bigger than Cable. YouTube overall and even YouTube on mobile alone reaches more 18-34 and 18-49 year-olds than any cable network in the U.S.
-YouTube says over 80% of views were from outside the US. But they didn’t mention which country topped the charts.
-It has launched local versions in more than 88 countries.
-You can navigate YouTube in a total of 76 different languages (covering 95% of the Internet population).
5. Credit goes to Mobile
-The average number of mobile YouTube video views per day is 1,000,000,000.
(Source – YouTube official stats)
6. What was the First Ever YouTube Video?
The first ever YouTube video wasn’t a classic baby video. Shot by Yakov Lapitsky at the San Diego Zoo it demonstrates prime supporter Jawed Karim before the elephant exhibit rambling about their long trunks. It has, regardless, piled on an exceptionally sound 4,282,497 perspectives since its online introduction on April 23, 2005.
7. Which is the Most Viewed Video now?
-If you don’t count music videos, the most viewed video of all time is the classic ‘Charlie bit my finger,’ with an astounding 841.5 Million Views!
-When you include music videos, the crown goes to PSY – GANGNAM STYLE which has over 2.6 Billion views and counting.
8. Without PayPal, there would be no YouTube.
YouTube was founded by Chad Hurley, Steve Chen, and Jawed Karim in 2005. The three creators knew each other as they were colleagues at another Internet start-up, PayPal. Truth be told, Hurley composed the PayPal logo in the wake of perusing a Wired article about the online payment company and e-mailing the startup in search of a job. YouTube was at first supported by rewards it got after the eBay buy-out of PayPal.
9. The Mysterious Millionaire
You know the face of the most subscribed and the richest YouTuber, i.e, Pewdiepie. Then Smosh, Finebros, Zoella, etc. But how can this unidentified faceless girl possibly make it in the richest YouTubers list? Here’s how:
-Mysterious toy-unboxer DC Toys Collector was 2014’s most popular YouTube channel with 380 million views a month by making Children’s’ videos show woman ‘unboxing’ toys and describing each trinket.
-With lilting voice and cutesy nail art, her videos can easily hit millions of views within a week of posting
-Many have tried to track her down and failed, but reports say that in 2014 alone she made $5 million. Mysterious DC Toys Collector was 2014’s most popular YouTube channel.
– Sources say the Brazilian woman’s name is Daiane de Jesus and might be this ex-porn star known by the name Sandy Summers.
-Neighbours claim she is the voice of DC Toy Collector – described as ‘crack for toddlers’.[Source: DailyMail]
10. Jaw dropping growth year by year:
(Source – YouTube official stats)
-Percentage of people that watch political videos on YouTube that are under the age of 35 – 69%
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