Blow out some candles. On the heals of it’s 5th birthday, YouTube celebrates over 2 Billion views a day!
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 first month after it’s fifth birthday. (Although YouTube’s birthday is officially February 14, 2005, the first video was actually uploaded to the site exactly five years ago, on April 23, 2005.)
“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. First of all – this was said in a blog post. A mere 15 years ago broadcasting via blogs and YouTube did not exist. Back then you watched America’s Funniest Videos. Today YOU make the video, and instantaneously broadcast it to millions without the aid of Nielsen rated television networks.
2 billion views is 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. Rightly deserving of this self-aggrandizing project, it has revolutionized our access to video content. Youtube has made stars out of “Fred,” Justin Bieber, ijustine, the laughing baby, and many others.
Who could forget April Fool’s day 2007 when Rick Rolling became a full fledged global phenomenon. I recently found out, my old college friend who now who has been working at Youtube for the past 3 years was the mastermind behind that. She also had a hand in featuring the video for that catchy Peter John and Bjorn song “Young Folks.”
There was a time when I was shocked that someone like Tila Tequila, had a show on MTV when her fame was mostly gleaned from being known as the person on MySpace with the most friends besides Tom. Now, it’s no shock that YouTube can make stars out of cats. We live in a world where a show like American Idol, “provides a once-a-year chance for an average american to combat the the evils of today’s music business,” in the words of Idol Recapper for EW.com, Michael Slezak.
Two billion and growing!
Check out some of videos guest curated by people like Katie Couric, Jonathon Adler, Conan O’Brien, and one of my favorite directors, Pedro Almodovar.
This one is cool too: