Open

Coming up

Don't miss

Replay


LATEST SHOWS

DEBATE

Gaza: A Truce At All Costs?

Read more

AFRICA NEWS

Central African Republic: Brazzaville ceasefire talks deliver fragile deal

Read more

FOCUS

Sluggish tourist season in Crimea

Read more

ENCORE!

Bartabas : Mixing Christ with Spanish music and dancing horses

Read more

IN THE PAPERS

Shifts in the propaganda war waged between Israelis and Palestinians

Read more

IN THE PAPERS

French MPs face quandary in pro-Palestinian rallies

Read more

THE INTERVIEW

Yezid Sayigh, Senior Associate at the Carnegie Middle East Center in Beirut

Read more

#TECH 24

Mind the Gender Gap : getting more women into the tech sector

Read more

INSIDE THE AMERICAS

Bolivian children: heading to work aged 10

Read more

  • France says missing Algerian plane 'probably crashed'

    Read more

  • 51 French nationals aboard missing Algerian plane

    Read more

  • Deadly strike on UN shelter in Gaza Strip

    Read more

  • Pope meets with Sudanese Christian woman sentenced to death for apostasy

    Read more

  • Algerian jet vanishes: 'We should eliminate the missile hypothesis'

    Read more

  • Italy’s Nibali cruises to easy victory in 18th stage of Tour de France

    Read more

  • Iraqi parliament elects moderate Kurd as president

    Read more

  • US, European aviation agencies lift travel restrictions to Tel Aviv

    Read more

  • No end to fighting until Israel ends Gaza blockade, Hamas says

    Read more

  • Two foreign women shot dead in western Afghanistan

    Read more

  • At least 60 killed in attack on prison convoy near Baghdad

    Read more

  • Cycling is ‘winning the war on doping,’ says expert

    Read more

  • Ceasefire agreed for Central African Republic

    Read more

  • Can Jew-kissing-Arab selfie give peace a viral chance?

    Read more

  • Botched Arizona execution takes nearly two hours

    Read more

Business

At five years old, YouTube crosses two billion videos milestone

Text by News Wires

Latest update : 2010-05-18

Google's popular video-sharing platform, YouTube, celebrated its fifth birthday on Sunday by announcing that over two billion videos are watched daily on its website. Around 24 hours of video are uploaded onto YouTube every minute.

AFP - YouTube on Sunday said that the number of videos watched daily at the website has broken the two-billion mark as the service begins celebrating its fifth birthday.
  
"Thanks to you, our site has crossed another milestone and now exceeds over two billion views a day," YouTube team members said in a blog post.
  
"That's nearly double the prime-time audience of all three major US television networks combined."
  
The news came with the launch of a YouTube 5 Year channel devoted to the service's history and cultural influence.
  
The YouTube 5 Year channel features a "My YouTube Story" project compiling tales by people from around the world describing how YouTube has changed or shaped their lives.
  
A documentary film maker has chronicled stories ranging from an Iranian protester using YouTube to get news to the world to a man sharing a video journal of his battle with cancer.
  
The channel has an interactive timeline of important moments in YouTube history.
  
"We never could have predicted what YouTube's first five years would bring, and it's difficult to imagine what the next five will look like," the YouTube Team said.
  
"Five years ago in May, after months of late nights, testing and preparation, YouTube's founders launched the first beta version of YouTube.com."
  
San Bruno, California-based YouTube was the brainchild of then PayPal co-workers Chad Hurley, Steve Chen and Jawed Karim.
  
Google bought YouTube in a 1.65-billion-dollar deal about 19 months after the online video-sharing service was founded in February of 2005.
  
The Internet giant has been carefully transforming YouTube into a money-making stage for enjoying works ranging from backyard videos to independent films.
  
"Whether you were an aspiring filmmaker, a politician, a proud parent, or someone who just wanted to connect with something bigger, YouTube became the place where you could broadcast yourself," the team said.
  
Renowned figures such as Vint Cerf, oft referred to as the father of the Internet, and television news anchor Katie Couric have been enlisted to curate playlists of videos in their areas of expertise.
  
In the scant time since the first video was uploaded to YouTube on April 23, 2005, the website has rocketed to global stardom and become a key player in a shift to Internet television.
  
"YouTube has the potential to be a very instrumental part of Google's future TV plan," said Gartner technology analyst Allen Weiner.
  
An average of 24 hours of video are uploaded to YouTube each minute in an amount of content equal to 150,000 full length films over the course of a week.
  
The website boasts content deals with more than 10,000 partners including entertainment titan Disney, and has a fledgling online movie rental service.
  
YouTube was started to provide bloggers a way to easily put video in their blogs and blossomed into an online hotspot for people to share digitized snippets, according to Weiner.
  
YouTube became a natural spot for users to upload controversial content, such as pornography or pirated snippets of television shows or films.
  
It also became a springboard for unknowns to become international stars with home made videos showcasing wit, talent or just the incredibly odd.
  
YouTube stars include ukulele maestro Jake Shimabukuro who went on to tour internationally and even performed for the Queen of England at a charity concert in December.
  
YouTube has the potential to be an instrumental part of a Google "media cloud" where people can access films, books, magazines, television shows and other digitized content.
  
"That is clearly part of Google's grand vision," Weiner said.

Date created : 2010-05-17

COMMENT(S)