“In May 2005, the YouTube founders launched YouTube.com, providing people with a platform to broadcast themselves to the world. Six years on, the world is watching and we wanted to say thank you to the YouTube community for a couple of amazing birthday presents.”

48 Hours On YouTubeWith this, we see some incredible stats:

  • More than 48 hours (two days worth) of video are uploaded to the site every minute;
  • That’s a 37% increase over the last six months;
  • …and a 100% increase over last year.

And, finally, this: “The other great birthday present? Your views. We’re amazed that over this last weekend, you drove YouTube past the 3 billion views a day mark, a 50% increase over last year. That’s the equivalent of nearly half the world’s population watching a YouTube video each day, or every U.S. resident watching at least nine videos a day.”

I could be accused of being a YouTube fanboy, but it’s not for nothing; these stats move it from being a web curiosity to being a market-mover. Disagree? Tell me about it below.