A Brief History Of YouTube [INFOGRAPHIC]

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Unless you’ve been living in a cave for the past eight years (or are over the age of around 96 and therefore don’t even fully understand the internet, nor care about it), you’re going to know what I’m talking about when I say the word YouTube.

These days, it’s by far the largest video sharing site in the world and also, the second largest search engine. In fact, it’s only second to Google who ironically, also own YouTube. There are more than 4 billion videos viewed every single day on the site or if you prefer to work in seconds, that’s a mind-boggling 46,000 + views per second. Snap your fingers and that’s another 46,000 views!

If you’ve ever used the site (which I’m sure you all have), you’ll know that you can find pretty much anything. It’s packed with tutorials, music videos, reviews and almost anything else you might have in mind; although most of those 4 billion views a day probably come from “cat videos” and Gangnam Style if I’m honest.
Still, growing a site from zero to over 4 billion video views a day is no mean feat and YouTube’s certainly been on a hell of a journey over the past eight years; a journey that actually led to the site being sold to Google for a staggering $1.65 billion just a year and a half after it was officially registered!
Following the Google acquisition, the site continued to grow at a faster rate than ever, growing into the video sharing powerhouse that it is today by partnering with major corporations, news networks and third-party video streaming services (e.g. Vevo, Channel 4 etc).

It’s also been heavily integrated with the Google line of products over the last few years (including Google Plus) and the recent site redesign has seen YouTube’s branding become much more consistent with rest of Google’s products.

Check out the infographic below to see more major YouTube milestones over the past eight years created by the nice chaps at Shorty Media:


Catalin is the founder of Mostash - a social marketing boutique - and he's always happy to share his passion for graphic design & social media.
  • I wonder how many static-one-image “videos” there are on the largest video site in the world?
    From my day to day activity there… it feels like more than half of it.

    YouTube has become the largest available database of music, not video. They don’t really care that most of the new content has no moving images inside, as long as it’s showing ads.

    This will back fire at one point or the other.
    My 2 cents.

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  • Liam

    Probably should mention that Flash Player 8 made it all possible.

    Someone with a big server and a disregard for copyright law was going to make a fortune, YouTube was the brand that took off, amid hundreds of video sites.

    Goes to show how little it matters to the likes of Google that their original Google Video did not take off, they just bought the brand that matter for a large amount, that now looks like a bargain (mind you I doubt the myspace sale can claim the same).