This month marks the fifth anniversary of YouTube, and what an entertaining five years it has been. The first time I heard about YouTube I was interning for a Broadway theater group for the summer. The company discovered footage from one of its shows that someone who had recorded and uploaded to YouTube. One of the other interns explained to everyone what it was, and within hours we had our hands on a wonderful replacement for the office-wide Facebook ban the company had announced earlier that week.
Inevitably, many bloggers will celebrate this anniversary by listing some of the best videos that went viral. Instead, I’d like to list a few of my favorite YouTube facts I recently read on Forbes, the Chicago Tribune, and YouTube.
- YouTube is the world’s third-busiest website with 2 billion views a day. That’s nearly double the prime-time audience of all three major U.S. television networks combined.
- Every minute, 24 hours of new video is uploaded by YouTube users.
- If you wanted to watch everything ever put on the site, you would need to clear out your calendar for the next 1,700 years.
- Lady Gaga’s “Bad Romance,” has been played 185.39 million times on YouTube. It is YouTube’s most popular video
- There are approximately 14,600 videos that come up when you search for “kittens” on YouTube.
How has this site affected the PR industry since its birth? How do you envision it affecting it five years from now?