How long is sixty seconds, really? Enough time for Nic Cage to steal a 1967 Shelby Mustang GT 500. And also the time it takes for 72 hours of video to get uploaded to YouTube. Wow. Sounds like I have a pretty significant back catalogue of cat videos ahead of me.
In just seven years, YouTube has become one of the biggest destinations on the Web as a a community of how-tos, music videos, comedy routines and Macbook Pro unboxings. It’s a service that gives both the average Joe and celebrity alike a global audience, a place for funny, inspiring, violent and sometimes life-changing videos.
Just last year, YouTube announced the site reached a record rate of 48 hours of video uploaded to the site every minute. The service is on its way to doubling that. That’s truly incredible, and a lot of it likely has to do with the growing popularity of smartphones, which these days come equipped with the ability to easily capture and share HD video.
Never again will you miss recording your roommate signing Lady Gaga to himself in the mirror. It’s because of you that YouTube has reached such an amazing milestone.
[via Google Blog]