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May 17, 2010

YouTube exceeds 2 billion views a day

Posted: 01:31 PM ET

In honor of YouTube’s fifth birthday, the site announced it's now attracting more than two billion video views a day.

“That’s nearly double the prime-time audience of all three major U.S. television networks combined,” the YouTube team wrote in a blog post Sunday. “We certainly can’t imagine what the future will look like. But we do know there’s a lot more to be done ... We’re just getting started.”

To celebrate, the Google-owned site launched its YouTube Five Year Channel and a project called “My YouTube Story,” which features users talking about the ways in which the video site has affected their lives.

Among them are such high-profile users as CBS News' Katie Couric, Internet pioneer Vint Cerf and late-night jokester Conan O'Brien.

In Couric’s video, she says “YouTube is kind of like New York City. Millions and millions of people from all walks of life co-existing in one small space. When you turn the corner, you never know who or what you’ll see.”

Adds O'Brien, "If you're like me, America, you spend an inordinate amount of time watching YouTube - and it's probably why our country's economy is in the toilet."

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Franko   May 17th, 2010 9:25 pm ET

Unlike the Corporate News Networks,
Internet video offers in depth content.

As David Radner commented;
A newsroom consists of 2 advertising agents and a reporter.

MotleyGeek   May 18th, 2010 12:52 am ET

You failed to mention that 70% of YouTube's views are from outside of the United States

Sency   May 18th, 2010 1:44 am ET

this is why you tube got paid so much from GOOGLE – wow

notanymore   May 18th, 2010 3:28 am ET

I stopped using YouTube months ago, and I'll soon close my FB account.
I'd rather take a walk than spend more time in front of a flat screen.
Too much wasted time, too many ads. Boy, i really hate those "Ads by Google" now; they didn't use to bother me, but now they get on my nerves.

Applesfinctor   May 18th, 2010 7:22 am ET

@ notanymore:

Thus you come onto your "flat screen" to inform the masses of your plan. My money is on the fact that you will rhit "refresh" countless times to elicite a response.

PsychUrMind   May 18th, 2010 1:23 pm ET



Franko   May 18th, 2010 2:23 pm ET

Not just μTube - numerous other video on the net.
Ooogle and Bing video search transcends control to allow content.

Search for jim rogers - Gerald Celente - Alex Jones - Corbett Report

Pablo   May 18th, 2010 7:34 pm ET

You Tube rules, in the future people wil associate our generation with it.

Franko   May 19th, 2010 11:50 am ET

To get real news and relevant commentary people turned to Internet video,
However, censorship is creeping in - for example μTube does remove;
" Censoring The Decrease in Global Temperatures " has re-emerged

To get away from censorship; watch;
The Icelandic Modern Media Initiative – Professor Salvör Gissurardóttir

MotleyGeek   May 19th, 2010 1:42 pm ET

Just a tad piece of -censoring- the whole story, but why the selective reporting? @franko as for youtube and censoring? they will do anything to make $$$ with that site, even if it means selling out their own country

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Clarence Montgomery   May 23rd, 2010 1:05 pm ET

Advertiser are loving YouTube. Social Networks is where the Traffic is, catch the next wave in advertising:

yen   May 24th, 2010 5:22 am ET

oh my God..if that's the case then i'll have to delete evrything as well...

yen   May 24th, 2010 5:29 am ET

the only thing i love about you tube is that i could actually view all the classic songs i which i don not have a file and is no longer available in the store

James   May 27th, 2010 12:22 pm ET

This website has helped me to find songs that i haven't heard in years

YoUr A NoOb   May 27th, 2010 12:57 pm ET

youtube rules

timmy   May 27th, 2010 5:16 pm ET


What are you talking about Franko, Youtube doesn't censor anything! The
only points that would be consider censored is filtering out the audio
portions of videos, to protect the poster and youtube from litigation from
the record labels. Other than that, youtube doesn't censor videos.

Franko   May 31st, 2010 3:51 am ET

You are correct, just responding to legal threats
As in the removal of climate gate video - "ClimateGate's Mann Demands 'Hide the Decline' Video Be Removed From YouTube"
What else is removed ? uTube needs to publish the list.
(together with the motivation)

Iceland WikiLeaks should should host such controversial video ?

jon   May 31st, 2010 9:22 pm ET

It took them this long to reach 2 billion per day? wow

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Think about this more than two billion video views a day. What a Beast! I like that Google is hunting down people to see how You Tube Changed one's life. Google is doing everything right in my opinion.

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