YouTube has surpassed two billion daily hits

YouTube has announced that they now serve up more than two billion daily downloads.  This incredible amount of traffic surpasses the three major networks primetime TV ratings, combined. The video website, which has become a household name, made the announcement nearly five years after it launched on April 23, 2005, according to the BBC.

Since the service launched, YouTube has become the place to share your videos with friends, family, and anyone else in the world that, before YouTube, would likely have never seen your video. There is no denying the power of YouTube either as anyone who uploads a video has a chance at becoming the next Internet sensation.  

YouTube was launched in April of 2005 and the first video uploaded was by co-founder Jawed Karim with a short clip titled ‘Me at the Zoo’.  Among other famous clips that have been spread across the internet are Susan Boyle's performance on Britain’s Got Talent, Evolution of Dance, and most recently a young musician playing his version of Lady Gaga’s Paparazzi on the piano.

While YouTube may have been made popular for the illegal sharing of copyrighted content, the site still is facing the same issues when it first launched and regularly removes content at the request of the copyright holder.  But, there is no denying YouTube’s success and their future is bright, they will surely bring us more overnight internet sensations and also help to spread breaking news around the world in a raw uncut fashion.

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China has blocked the popular video-sharing Web site YouTube but did not offer a reason for the ban.

Luckly,We still have tudou.com And youku.com etc.

the illegal sharing of copyrighted content, the site still is facing the same issues when it first launched and regularly removes content at the request of the copyright holder.
a goof portion of the copyright material on youtube is posted well within fair use limitations, but fair use is so muddy and the penalties involved with unsuccessfully disputing a copyright claim that you need to pay a lawyer everytime it happens means that this content gets taken down all the time and stays taken down. until the content is licensed and then only shown in certain regions.
for example if you make something that is transformative using copyrighted material(which is legal under fair use) and the original copyright holder doesn't like it, they will file multiple DMCA take down complaints with youtube until you give up. and youtube will take it down everytime even if past takedown complaints have been shown to be invalid.
most companies don't have a problem with their content being shown on youtube, as long as it meets their own criteria and will use DMCA takedown complaints to control what media is available on youtube. HD quality 30 sec clip? no good, but the filmed with a camcorder from tv clip that you can't hear well is fine.
album version no good? but the live/radio/remix album version is fine.
youtube is like free radio/mtv coverage for these media companies and they fail to take advantage of and try to impede it at everyturn. meanwhile those that take advantage of the fact that youtube is free advertising continue to become quite successful or evolve successfully in the changing media reality.

This incredible amount of traffic surpasses the three major networks primetime TV ratings, combined.
How are these two things even remotely comparable?

JamesWeb said,
How are these two things even remotely comparable?
+1, to be apples to apples it would have to compare those networks viewers for an entire day, not just prime time.

JamesWeb said,
How are these two things even remotely comparable?
Primetime is the most active time TV Networks receive throughout the entire day. They're saying that youtube gets more hits a day than the three major tv networks get viewers combined each night..

dave164 said,

Nope. Don't have the need.

Amazing. There are no words to express the accomplishment that you have achieved.

geeman89 said,

Amazing. There are no words to express the accomplishment that you have achieved.

I am in the same boat. I don't see how people can browse for hours and hours and hours. I know a lot of people that do and it boggles my mind.

percent20 said,

I am in the same boat. I don't see how people can browse for hours and hours and hours. I know a lot of people that do and it boggles my mind.

If they were just looking at user-created content, then, yes, I too would be amazed.

percent20 said,

I am in the same boat. I don't see how people can browse for hours and hours and hours. I know a lot of people that do and it boggles my mind.

Yeah, I only go on there to look at a few videos that my friends recommend, and then a few other related ones that I find interesting, but after a while, sitting there watching video after video gets a bit tedious at times, especially when the videos suck. XD

At most, I probably spend about an hour every two weeks on YouTube.

highonsnow said,

You don't use youtube?


Social networks are so 2006! A rare video now and then is fun but youtube for the most part has little I find interesting since the most compelling media is the first to be deleted from the site. (but, not removed from others thankfully! you know who you are)