YouTube Video Celebrates 7 Years

Happy birthday, YouTube.

It’s hard to believe that seven years have passed since the first video was uploaded to on Saturday, April 23, 2005 at 8:27 p.m. It was about a trip to the zoo. Many things have changed since Jawed Karim’s 19-second video, “Me at the Zoo,” made its debut. YouTube, which was actually started in February of 2005, was purchased by Google in November of 2006 for $1.65 billion.

Let’s have a peek at some of the milestones that YouTube has surpassed over the past seven years, according to

•    One hour of video is uploaded to YouTube every second.

•    More than 4 billion videos are viewed daily.

•    Each week, 100 million people interact socially on YouTube with content comments, shares and likes.

•    YouTube has 800 million unique user visits every month.

•    There were more than 1 trillion views in 2011.

•    More than half of the videos on YouTube have been rated or have comments.

•    Since 2007, more than 30,000 YouTube partners have joined throughout 27 countries.

YouTube’s viewership continues to grow daily. As we use these videos to enhance news, share talents, tell stories, advertise, explain things and make people laugh, keep in mind that there has been more video uploaded to YouTube in one month than was created by NBC, ABC and CBS in 60 years. Not too bad for a seven-year-old.

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