YouTube continues to grow

June 15, 2018
by Mark Ollig

A new YouTube statistical analysis report shows more than 1.5 billion users each month are uploading, downloading, or live-streaming over their video-sharing website.

Surprisingly, this means one-third of all us on the internet are regular users of YouTube.

YouTube was founded Feb. 14, 2005, and is headquartered in San Bruno, CA.

The first video appeared on YouTube April 23, 2005, when its co-founder, Jawed Karim uploaded his 19-second video, titled “Me at the Zoo.”

During this video, Karim briefly talked about elephants while visiting the San Diego Zoo. This video has been viewed more than 51 million times.

In 2006, Google saw how popular the YouTube video website was becoming and realized its potential, so it purchased the company from its three owners for $1.65 billion.

As of 2017, the annual cost to operate YouTube is about $6.5 billion; its yearly revenues amount to around $13 billion.

Not too bad of an investment by the Google folks.

Recent statistics show mobile/smart devices accounting for more than half of the YouTube videos being viewed.

On average, 30 million people view videos on YouTube each day.

The number of videos being uploaded to YouTube equals 300 hours per minute.

One statistic I found interesting: 80 percent of YouTube users are from outside the US.

Local versions of YouTube are available in 88 countries and 76 languages.

More than 5 billion videos have been shared off of YouTube.

The fastest growing demographic group using YouTube are those over 35 years of age.

Males reportedly account for 62 percent of YouTube users.

Nostalgia is the primary reason for 75 percent of the adults viewing YouTube videos.

How-to-tutorials, sports, history, comedy, and current event videos are also popular.

Although YouTube is accessible over the internet, certain countries block their citizens from accessing it for various social and political reasons.

Countries currently blocking YouTube include China, Iran, North Korea, and Turkey.

In Germany, approximately 60 percent of YouTube’s most popular videos cannot be viewed. The reason is attributed to Germany’s musical copyright laws governed by an organization called GEMA.

As you read this column, some 50 million people are creating video content for YouTube.

More than 1 billion hours of YouTube content are being watched each day.

Other statistics reported 60 percent of people would rather watch online videos than live television.

If after the first 10 seconds a video doesn’t interest you, count yourself among the 20 percent who will stop watching it and move on to another.

The average online video viewing period lasts 40 minutes.

Not long ago, YouTube began offering a $40 per month online TV service. Called YouTube TV, it is advertised as a “Cable-free live TV” service, and offers many favorite network channels.

Currently, more than 300,000 subscribe to YouTube TV. You can find more information at https://tv.youtube.com/welcome.

See the first YouTube video “Me at the Zoo,” via this shortened link: https://bit.ly/1ddZLsM.

While you’re online, be sure to stop by and visit my weblog at https://bitscolumn.blogspot.com.

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