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Industry Pioneer: Youtube

Youtube was founded February 14, 2005 by three former pay-pal employees, Chad Hurley, Jawed Karim, and Steve Chen.  Youtube is a video sharing website allowing users to upload, view and share videos using Adobe Flash and HTML5.  These include an assortment of videos such as video clips, TV clips, music videos, amateur content, blogging, short original videos and educational videos. Youtube is considered the most dominant provider of online videos.  The first video to be uploaded was “Me at the Zoo” by Jawed Karim, a video of him at the San Diego Zoo. Youtube was bought by Google in 2006.


  • Over 6 billion hours of videos are watched each month on youtube
  • 100 hours of video are uploaded every minute
  • 80% of youtube traffic comes from outside the US
  • Mobile makes up almost 40% of you tubes global watch time
  • Content ID scans over 400 years of video every day
  • Youtube is localized in 61 countries and 61 languages
  • 14.4% of americans use youtube during work
  • 60 million users are from china
  • Most watched music video with 2 billion views is ‘Gangnam Style’ by Psy, posted July 15, 2012


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