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Youtube celebrates its eighth birthday

100 hours of video are uploaded per minute
Mon May 20 2013, 10:18
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CAT VIDEO PORTAL Youtube has been serving its clips of animals, planking, people falling over and monkeys in sheepskin coats for eight years.

The video streaming website launched eight years ago with a single video. Now, 100 hours of video are uploaded per minute.

"When Youtube's site first launched in May 2005, we never could have imagined the endless ways in which you would inspire, inform and entertain us every day," said Youtube in a blog post.

"Today, more than 100 hours of video are uploaded to Youtube every minute. That's more than four days of video uploaded each minute! Every month, more than [one] billion people come to Youtube to access news, answer questions and have a little fun. That's almost one out of every two people on the internet."

Youtube said last week that it is rolling out paid subscriptions channels, including one that features men smacking the crap out of each other, and it continues to be the scene of a lot of open mouth staring.

Last year, for example, it enjoyed - and we endured - the phenomenon of Psy's Gangnam Style video.

"Over the years, you've continued to surprise and delight us. And the past year was no exception. Who would have guessed that a tux-rocking K-pop star would shatter records left and right or that Sesame Street would go global with [one] billion views? That's one of our favorite things about our global audience: you're as unpredictable as you are creative and irreverent," said the firm.

"And so, this Monday, on our eighth birthday, we'd like to thank you for making Youtube the special place that it is. For showing us how video can create connections, transcend borders and make a difference. In short, thanks for making us better in big ways and small ones, too. We can't wait to see what you come up with next." µ


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