Eight years ago, Google purchased the upcoming video sharing website YouTube from Steven Chen and Chad Hurley for $1.65 billion dollars. The growth of the video sharing site has continued with the announcement that YouTube has eclipsed the one billion unique-monthly-user mark this week.
What’s so impressive is that this number is unique YouTube users, not unique visits — an account is required to count toward this value. Marketers have taken to ‘Tube as well. According to Google, all of the AdAge Top 100 brands are running campaigns on YouTube.
On the official Google blog post, the following fun facts were shared:
- Nearly one out of every two people on the Internet visits YouTube.
- Our monthly viewership is the equivalent of roughly ten Super Bowl audiences.
- If YouTube were a country, we’d be the third largest in the world after China and India.
- PSY and Madonna would have to repeat their Madison Square Garden performance in front of a packed house 200,000 more times. That’s a lot of Gangnam Style!
For more information see the official YouTube post.