The first video to ever be uploaded to YouTube isn't a classic by any means. Shot by Yakov Lapitsky at the San Diego Zoo it shows co-founder Jawed Karim in front of the elephant enclosure going on about long trunks. It has, nonetheless, racked up a very healthy 4,282,497 views since its online debut on April 23, 2005.
500 years of YouTube video are watched every day on Facebook.
Over 700 YouTube videos are shared on Twitter each minute.
100 million people take a social action on YouTube (likes, shares, comments, etc) every week.
An auto-shared tweet results in 6 new youtube.com sessions on average.
There are 500 tweets per minute containing a YouTube link.
Millions of subscriptions to YouTube happen each day.
More than 50% of videos on YouTube have been rated or include comments from the community.
Millions of videos are favorited every day.
60 hours of video are uploaded every minute, or one hour of video is uploaded to YouTube every second.
Over 4 billion videos are viewed a day.
Over 800 million unique users visit YouTube each month.
Over 3 billion hours of video are watched each month on YouTube.
More video is uploaded to YouTube in one month than the 3 major US networks created in 60 years.
70% of YouTube traffic comes from outside the US.
YouTube is localized in 39 countries and across 54 languages.
In 2011, YouTube had more than 1 trillion views.
In 2011 there were almost 140 views for every person on Earth.
YouTube has more HD content than any other online video site.
There are thousands of full-length movies on YouTube
10% of YouTube’s videos are available in HD.
YouTube is monetizing over 3 billion video views per week globally.
98 of AdAge’s Top 100 advertisers have run campaigns on YouTube and the Google Display Network.
Hundreds of advertisers are using TrueView in-stream and 60% of our in-stream ads are now skippable.
YouTube mobile gets over 600 million views a day.
Traffic from mobile devices tripled in 2011.
The YouTube player is embedded across tens of millions of websites.
Created in 2007, the YouTube partner program now has 30,000+ partners from 27 countries around the world.
YouTube pays out millions of dollars a year to partners.
Hundreds of partners are making six figures a year.
Partner revenue has more than doubled for four years in a row.