Round 2: Project 3 | Module 8

I am currently fascinated in YouTube and the “YouTubers.” I can’t believe the popularity of some channels and the amount of money some of these people are making. It is unreal. I want to focus on the current viewing stats, money, most popular accounts and more. As far as my own research go, I will probably look into how often people watch, what they watch, and if they have a YouTube account themselves. I am trying to come up with some “unique” way to display the information… so any suggestions are welcome. 🙂

After racking my brain, trying to figure out my topic, and narrowing my topic, I did a bit of research and found some good sites with a TON of stats and other interesting info. Most sites seems reliable since the data comes straight from YouTube and its stats site (SocialBlade).

These are some unique facts about YouTube that could make a small timeline (1 of a bunch of things I plan on doing) really interesting…

  • YouTube was founded by Chad Hurley, Steven Chen, and Jawed Karim, former employees of PayPal, an online commerce website. They registered the domain name in February 2005. It was officially launched in December of that year.s
  • In October 2006, Google bought YouTube for $1.65 billion in stocks, just18 months after YouTube’s creation. Karim received $66 million in Google stock, Chen received $310 million, and Hurley received $334 million.b
  • The first month after its creation, YouTube had 3 million visitors. The number of visitors tripled by the third month (February 2006), and then tripled again by July to 30 million visitors. By the end of the site’s first year, the number of visitors reached over 38 million.n
  • YouTube is the second largest search engine after Google (bigger than Bing, Yahoo!, and Ask combined).n
  • YouTube’s viewers are approximately 44% female and 56% male. Most viewers are 12-17 years old.n
  • In 2007, it was estimated that YouTube used as much bandwidth as the entire Internet did in 2000.d
  • In May 2008, L.A. police arrested Cyrus Yazdini for vandalism. He had published many of his graffiti adventures on YouTube with a rap soundtrack. His YouTube publications helped police find and arrest him.n
  • In September 2005, Brazilian soccer star Ronaldinho’s Nike ad “Touch of gold” became the first YouTube video to be viewed 1 million times.n
  • As of 2010, it would take 1,700 years to watch every YouTube video.n
  • In 2013, You Tube had more than 72 hours of video uploaded per minute—or over a decade of content every day.c
  • Over 4 billion hours of video (over 450,000 years’ worth) are viewed each month on YouTube.c
  • Every second there are 46,296 YouTube videos being viewed all around the world.c
  • Full HD on YouTube was released in November 2009.c
  • In October 2009, YouTube reached 1 billion daily video views, or 11,574 video views per second. In May 2010, YouTube exceeded 2 billion video views a day, or 23,148 per second. In 2012, it reached 4 billion daily video views, or 46,296 per second.c
  • YouTube has 800 million+ monthly unique visitors, which is more than the entire population of Europe.o
  • Each month, more than 6 billion hours of videos are watched on YouTube. That’s about an hour for each person on Earth.c
  • Every minute, more than 100 hours of video are uploaded to YouTube.c
  • Most of YouTube’s traffic—over 70%—comes from outside the U.S.o
  • ou Tube reaches more adults aged 18-34 than any cable network.c
  • People watch 1 billion views a day on YouTube Mobile.c
  • In 2013, YouTube was the fourth most visited website on the Web, behind Google, Facebook, and Yahoo!.p
  • The first video uploaded to YouTube was called “Me at the Zoo” and shows Jawed Karim, one of its cofounders, talking about the long trunks of elephants. It was uploaded on April 23, 2005, and is just 20 seconds long. It has been viewed 11 million times and has over 80,000 comments.n
  • The domain name YouTube.com was registered in 2005. However, a company named Universal Tube & Rollform Equipment in Ohio with a similar domain name (Utube.com) was so overwhelmed with traffic from people trying the spell YouTube, that it sued YouTube for damaging its business. The claims were later dismissed. Utube.com is now UtubeOnline.com.s
  • The longest video on YouTube is 571 hours, 1 minute, and 41 seconds. The video is a slideshow of Jonathan Harchick’s (the video’s creator) trip to Chili in 2009.k
  • While Google does not provide detailed figures for YouTube’s revenue, in June 2008,Forbes magazine projected YouTube’s 2008 revenue at $200 million.n
  • Some industry experts estimate that YouTube’s running cost, specifically the bandwidth it uses, may be as high as $5-$6 million—a month.n

I definitely think there is plenty of information for this project — especially numbers, that I can work with.

Here we goooo. (Of course if this is fine with Bro. Frohn…?)

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