YouTube hits 2 bn daily downloads
By Maggie ShielsTechnology reporter, BBC News, Silicon Valley
YouTube said it now gets over two billion hits daily - nearly double the number of people who tune into the US's three prime time TV stations combined.
The news comes as the site celebrates the day five years ago when the first beta version of YouTube was launched.Over seven months ago the video site clocked up one billion downloads."I see this great growth opportunity in the online video market and we are positioningourselves to be a leader," co-founder Chad Hurley told BBC News."We are a stage and we give everyone in the world an opportunity to participate and that isbeing a video platform for creating a solution for people to not only upload and distributetheir videos on a global basis but to find and share videos."He also said that while the two billion downloads marked a real milestone "I feel we havemuch further to go. “
From cat videos to political videos to "how to" videos toentertainment - that is YouTube
” Chad Hurley, YouTube co-founder"Two billion video streams is a large number but on average people are only spending 15minutes a day on the site compared to five hours a day watching TV."I don't think we could have ever planned or imagined we would get to the scale or the sizewe are today. We were mostly trying to create a video solution for ourselves based on ourown frustrations. We are proud of what we have achieved so far but we have a lot of workahead," said Mr Hurley.The site was bought by Google near the end of 2006 for $1.65bn.
The early years
The slogan for YouTube is "Broadcast Yourself" which Mr Hurley said was a play on "beyourself and also captured in my mind the essence of the site which was to let peopleexpress themselves."The first person to express themselves on the platform was fellow co-founder Jawed Karimwho posted a 19 seconds long video called "Me at the Zoo". It was uploaded on April 23,2005 and can still be viewed on the site.Among the other videos that have made YouTube history is that of a wounded girl dying infront of a crowd during the Iranian election protests, a YouTube interview with PresidentBarack Obama, Ronaldinho's Nike advert and singer Susan Boyle's performance on Britain's
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