Fascinating YouTube Facts You May Not Have Known

Here at OSM we often write articles about YouTube or stories involving videos on YouTube. Among our most recent articles were a story about a 10-year-old girl spotted singing on YouTube who has now been signed by Simon Cowell, and also news of Britney Spears’ successful marketing campaign for her latest video using YouTube.

This time round though we have news of a different kind and this is about YouTube itself. We spotted an article by Amy-Mae Elliot over on Mashable that listed some fascinating facts about YouTube that you may not have heard of before. To whet your appetite we’ll tell you an incredible fact and that is that more content is now uploaded to YouTube in 60 days, than was created in 60 years by the three main U.S. TV networks. That’s some going!

There are some really intriguing snippets here such as if there were no PayPal there may be no YouTube at all, as the three founders, Chad Hurley, Steve Chen and Jawed Karim, first met when they were all working for PayPal. You may also have wondered at some time what the first ever video on YouTube was. The video went on YouTube on April 23, 2005, was titled simply ‘Me at the Zoo,’ and featured Jawed Karim by the elephant pen at San Diego zoo. Although it’s an unremarkable video it has had 4,282,497 viewings and counting.

It’s not that far until April Fools Day so look out for the YouTube prank. YouTube has played a trick for the past 3 years, in one year turning the site upside down, so have fun spotting this years prank. The statistics for YouTube are always mind-blowing. For example recently published statistics showed that there are an approximate 92 billion page views per month and get this one, every month there are 2.9 billion hours spent on YouTube which adds up to 325,000 years.

To wrap up we thought you’d be interested in the most-watched video of all time on YouTube (not counting music videos), which is ‘Charlie Bit My Finger – Again’ which has received 282,151,886 viewings so far, which by the time you read this will already have been surpassed. For the full article with more amazing facts head to the Mashable link above. You may also be interested in an article by Rue Liu over on SlashGear, sourced from Business Insider, which tells of plans by Google to spend millions on celebrity YouTube channels.

Were you fascinated by any of these YouTube facts and what are your thoughts on its amazing success? We’d really like to hear what you have to say about this so please do send in those comments.