35 Hours of Video Uploaded Per Minute, YouTube Announces
Article by George Norman
On 12 Nov 2010
We all know that the Google-owned video sharing site YouTube is one of the hottest properties on the worldwide web. Millions of people visit YouTube each and every day to view all sorts of videos; videos that are uploaded by millions of other people. Every now and again YouTube tells the public just how much data is being uploaded to YouTube – and we’re not surprise to see that the amount of data uploaded to YouTube increases as time goes by.

Here is what I am talking about. Mid-2007, 6 hours of video were uploaded to YouTube every minute. In January 2009, 15 hours of video were uploaded to YouTube every minute. In May 2010, 20 hours of video were uploaded every minute to YouTube. In March 2010 that number grew to 24 hours per minute.


This November YouTube has announced that 35 hours of video are uploaded to the video sharing site on a per minute basis. If that doesn’t sound like much, Director of Product Management Hunter Walk puts things in perspective:

“That breaks out to 2,100 hours uploaded every 60 minutes, or 50,400 hours uploaded to YouTube every day. If we were to measure that in movie terms (assuming the average Hollywood film is around 120 minutes long), 35 hours a minute is the equivalent of over 176,000 full-length Hollywood releases every week. Another way to think about it is: if three of the major US networks were broadcasting 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year for the last 60 years, they still wouldn’t have broadcast as much content as is uploaded to YouTube every 30 days.”

If you don't know what could happen in 35 hours, Hunter Walk, who must have the coolest sounding name I’ve heard in a long time, provided another interesting statistic. In 35 hours you could fly over half-way around the world – like Steve Fossett did in a balloon.

Tags: YouTube, Google, Video
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