WHAT IS YOUTUBE?
YouTube is a popular free video sharing Web site which
Video sharing refers to a site that allows user to distribute their video clips.
The site utilizes Adobe Flash technology to display video.
On the About Us page at Youtube.com it states, “YouTube is a place for people to engage in new ways with video by sharing, commenting on, and viewing videos. YouTube originally started as a personal video sharing service, and has grown into an entertainment destination with people watching more than 70 million videos on the site daily.”
YouTube is a place for people to engage in new ways with video by sharing, commenting on, and viewing videos. YouTube originally started as a personal video sharing service, and has grown into an entertainment destination with people watching more than 100 million videos on the site daily. Our users determine what is popular on the site, and can unleash their creativity and broadcast their talents to a global audience.
On the YouTube Fact Sheet it continues, “YouTube is creating a community for personal video, musicians, amateur filmmakers and comedians, and professional content owners. …. Anyone can broadcast themselves by creating content and distributing it through YouTube. And the community decides what is popular through their ratings and comments.”
Youtube was founded by three employees of PayPal, Chad Hurley, Steve Chen, and Jawed Karim on February 14, 2005. Since its creation Jawed Karim left the company to pursue an advanced degree at Stanford.
WHAT TYPES OF VIDEOS ARE ON YOUTUBE?
The wide variety of site content includes movie and TV clips and music videos, as well as amateur content such as videoblogging.
There are candid videos of stars:
Britney Spears at the gas station http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HZbXv5x-g4w&NR
Clips from star appearances:
The Tonight Show clip of Matt Damon doing an impression of Matthew McConaughey
Clips of nobodies:
A girl named Esmée Denters singing… she’s good!
The evolution of dance by a comedian: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dMH0bHeiRNg
9 Month Gestation in 20 seconds
WHAT IS THE YOUTUBE HYPE ABOUT?
YouTube is currently serving 100 million videos per day, with more than 65,000 videos being uploaded daily. According to Hitwise, YouTube videos account for 60 percent of all videos watched online and people are spending an average of 17 minutes per session on the site. According to Nielsen NetRatings, YouTube has nearly 20M unique users per month.
Currently staffed by 67 employees, the company was named TIME magazine’s “Invention of the Year” for 2006. In October 2006, Google, Inc., announced that it had reached a deal to acquire the company for $1.65 billion USD in Google’s stock. The deal closed on 13 November 2006.increase youtube views