Happy 10th Birthday YouTube: Google’s Video Platform Enters The Double-Digits
In ten years time, the site has grown to include more than one billion users and over a million channels.
In May 2005, a beta version of YouTube launched as private video sharing site. Six months later, the video platform became available to the wider public – and within a year, Google had purchased it for $1.65 billion.
Today, Google is celebrating YouTube’s 10th birthday, filling a number of the company’s blogs with the announcement and launching a month’s worth of top videos from “A to Z” starting with animals.
During its ten years, YouTube has grown to include more than one billion users and more than a million channels.
To mark its anniversary, YouTube listed the same stats it shared during this week’s Brandcast event in NYC: that the watch time on YouTube has increased 50 percent since last year, with 90 percent of it happening on mobile devices. YouTube also says that its daily number of visits are 40 percent higher than this time last year, and it now reaches more 18 to 49 year olds than any cable network in the US.
Leading today’s YouTube list of ten most memorable ads with animals is a brand video that also happens to be one of the most shared Super Bowl ads of all time – Budweiser’s “Puppy Love.”