YouTube, the online video-sharing service based in America and currently a subsidiary of Google, is one of the most popular social media platforms in the world. We can’t even think of a world without it. With its 15th founding anniversary right around the corner, let’s look at some surprising facts about our favorite entertainment provider!
20 YouTube Facts and Stats
1. YouTube was found on 14th February 2005 by Chad Hurley, Steve Chen, and Jawed Karim, three ex-employees of PayPal.
2. Jawed Karim, one of the co-founders of YouTube, uploaded the first video on YouTube. The video, titled “Me at the Zoo”, was the footage of him talking about elephants from the San Diego zoo.
3. Google bought YouTube in November 2006 for a whopping $1.65 billion.
4. The CEO of YouTube is Susan Wojcicki. She got appointed in 2014 and has been on that post ever since.
5. Over 2 billion users visit YouTube every month, almost 30 million a day.
6. YouTube already has over 5 billion videos to date, and there are over 50 million creators on the platform.
7. YouTube has local versions in over 91 countries and works in 80 languages.
8. Statistically, YouTube reaches almost 95% of the world. Because of its reachability and popularity, 62% of businesses and 9% of small businesses use YouTube services for marketing.
9. It holds the second place for the most used search engine in the world, second only to Google itself.
10. Out of all the YouTube views, 70% of them are from portable devices. The YouTube app has helped in transcending the visual entertainment from living rooms to “on the move”. The chances are that 50% of the people of 32 and less won’t be subscribing to paid TV or channels by the year 2025.
11. YouTube demographic statistics-
- Only 15.5% of the views on YouTube is from the United States, 84.5% is from the rest of the world. YouTube caters to viewers to the runners up – India (8.2%), Japan (4.7%), and Russia (4.5%).
- 51% of the YouTube audience are daily visitors.
- 70% of millennials watch DIY videos (instructional videos on how to do a task or make something).
- Almost half of the YouTube users are females. Male users mostly prefer to watch soccer or strategy gameplays, while the females lean towards beauty videos.
12. An average viewing session of YouTube lasts for 40 minutes. This average goes up by 50% every year.
13. The most-watched YouTube video as of now is “Despacito” by Louis Fonsi featuring Daddy Yankee. The video, as of now, has 6.5 billion views.
14. The first-ever YouTube video to hit 1 billion views was Psy’s “Gangnam Style”, back in 2012. The video was so viral that it broke YouTube’s view counter.
15. The most subscribed YouTube channel is T-Series, with 121 million subscribers. Following them as the runner up is Felix Arvid Ulf Kjellberg, the Swedish YouTuber who has the YouTube name Pewdiepie, with 102 million subscribers. The Pewdiepie vs. T-Series competition from 2018 on which channel can get the most subscribers was a hot topic of the time.
16. The record of most views in 24 hours belongs to by k-pop band, BTS, on 12th April 2019. They scored 74.6 million views for their music video “Boy With Luv,” featuring Halsey.
17. Despacito, by Louis Fonzi, featuring Daddy Yankee, holds the record of most liked video on YouTube, with 35.7 million likes and counting. The most disliked YouTube video as of now is YouTube Rewind 2018: Everyone Controls Rewind, which is quite ironic because a rewind video of YouTube includes the best trends and the most popular YouTubers of the year.
18. The music artist(s) who has the most YouTube subscribers is Justin Beiber (47.4 million), followed by Ed Sheeran (42.9 million) and Marshmello (40.2 million)
19. The annual cost of Google to run YouTube is 6.35 billion, while its annual revenue is 13 billion.
20. If you are a YouTuber with 10k+ subscribers, YouTube will provide you free space in Los Angeles!
These are only a small bite of what YouTube is all about. You can be a part of the YouTube community too, and make your videos go viral. Don’t worry about the views, as you can use a trusted online service like Viboom to promote your channel and video. It’s easy and white hat, with you being able to choose the demographics and views you want, for a set budget!