YouTube at 5: 2 Billion served…per day

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YouTube celebrated its fifth birthday with a post showing its meteoric growth, some celebrity musings and news that it still doesn’t turn a profit…yet.

It is hard to believe that five years ago, there was no YouTube. No place to easily upload and embed movies into a webpage, nor a place to look to to find entertaining clips from everywhere in the world. YouTube, now a fundamental part of the Internet, turns 5 today and Google has posted an interesting retrospective on the Internet service. YouTube..

* Now gets two billion pageviews/day, nearly double the prime-time audience of all three major U.S. television networks combined.

* Now monetizes a billion videos/week, partner ad revenue tripled in 2009. 94 percent of AdAge’s top 100 advertisers advertised on YouTube.

* Sees more than 24 hours of video uploaded every minute (and growing)

* Supports HD and 3D, broadcasts entire sports seasons live to 200+ countries.

* Is the third most visited website overall

* Top videos, including “Evolution of Dance”, “Charlie Bit My Finger”, and Lady Gaga’s “Bad Romance” are approaching 200 million views, each. That’s equivalent to a view from 2/3rds of the US population.

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