A bit of a short post here; but I happened across the Wikipedia entry for YouTube and I thought it was odd it didn’t mention the total number of videos on the site itself; so I set about on a mission to determine how many were currently hosted – only to trip across some additional metrics along the way that I wanted to share:
YouTube does not publicly disclose how many videos are hosted – but they used to:
As of March of 2008; they had 78.3 Million videos on site(1); a month later they were claming over 80 Million (2), that was over 2 years ago. Using that data, an enterprising individual estimated that as of August 2010 that the current number of hosted videos floats between 141 and 144 Million (due to takedowns etc.) on a daily basis – staggering!! (2)
The average video has been estimated to be between 2.4 and 2.7 minutes long (1,3).
Based on the # of videos and length of these videos; it would take close to 800 years to watch them all (assuming viewing one at a time in sequence)…of course that assumes no new videos get added. The truth is 20-24 HOURS of NEW video are added every 1 MINUTE – that’s the equivalent of 150,000 full length feature films every week (4).
According to their wikipedia entry (5); YouTube was serving more than two billion videos a day, which it described as “nearly double the prime-time audience of all three major US television networks combined.” (5)