YouTube

YouTube is a website that enables its users to upload and watch videos. YouTube.com was founded in 2005 by Chad Hurley, Steve Chen and Jawed Karim, and was acquired by Google in October of 2006 for 1.65 billion dollars.http://techcrunch.com/2010/08/27/youtube-movies/http://www.crunchbase.com/company/youtube 

 In January 2012, Youtube was hitting over 4 billion views a day, more than double the number of daily views they had just 18 months prior.  According to its press statistics, YouTube receives approximately 800 million unique visitors each month, with more than 4 billion hours of video watched monthly. In terms of social media, Facebook users watch 500 years of YouTube videos daily. These stats have not been updated since Early 2012. 

One of the reasons for Youtube's popularity is that it makes everyone a filmmaker; anyone at all can create a user account and upload to youtube, and anyone with internet access can watch video content for free, with or without a login. For more information how to upload movies to youtube, click here.  

While it's easy enough to enjoy youtube content without a login, creating a youtube account and logging in means you can subscribe to your favorite channels and get email notifications when they upload new videos.

Of course, there are places to enjoy youtube online other than your computer.  On January 15, 2009, YouTube announced that videos on their service would be viewable through Apple TV, TiVo and the gaming consoles Nintendo Wii and Playstation 3.http://techcrunch.com/2009/01/15/youtube-comes-to-the-wii-and-ps3-but-not-xbox/ In addition, YouTube Movies were launched as a way to compete with Hulu Movies, and offers a wide spectrum of cinematic genres to choose. 

Top Ten YouTube Videos of All Time

YouTube has become what many in the online community view to be the defacto medium for the online sharing of video. As such, the overall popularity of individual video clips posted online is often measured by the number of views that the clip achieves on YouTube. The following is a list of the top ten videos on YouTube. It is based on the number of total views as of Oct. 2, 2012, with the addition of the most popular video in the world, Psy's "Gangam Style", featuring horses, yoga, and a dancing middle aged Korean man. 

  1. Psy "Gangam Style" ( Over 1 Billion Views)
  2. Shakira "Waka Waka" World Cup Song (494 million views)
    The official music video for the FIFA World Cup 2010. This song features Freshlyground and was also featured in the 2010 World Cup Opening Ceremony.
  3. Lady Gaga "Bad Romance" (488 million views)
    Music video for the first single released off Lady Gaga's 2009 album The Fame: Monster.
  4. Charlie Bit My Finger (484 million views)
    A 56-second clip of two young siblings, one biting the finger of the other.
  5. Michel Teló "Ai Se Eu Te Pego" (439 million views) 
    A 2011 Brazilian cover of a pop song by Sharon Acioly and Antônio Dyggs.
  6. Eminem "Not Afraid" (364 million views)
    Music video for the 2010 single by Eminem.
  7. PSY "Gangnam Style" (347 million views)
    Most-watched video of 2012, a single by South Korean wrapper PSY.
  8. Justin Bieber "Never Say Never" (339 million views)
    A Justin Bieber single that features Jaden Smith.
  9. Bruno Mars "The Lazy Song" (336 million views)
    A single from Bruno Mars' 2011 release "Doo-Wops & Hooligans."
  10. Adele "Rolling in the Deep" (335 million views)
    The hit 2010 crossover single from British pop singer Adele. 

Life In a Day

On July 24, 2010, YouTube partnered with filmmaker Kevin MacDonald and producer Ridley Scott to produce an independent film titled Life In a Day, which was intended to serve as a time capsule to show the life of people all over the world on July 24. Anyone with a YouTube account could tape footage of what was happening in his or her life on that particular day, and then submit their video to the channel for consideration. Certain footage will be selected to become part of an experimental film that will be screened at the Sundance Film Festival in January of 2011. Those whose footage is included will be credited as co-directors.http://www.youtube.com/lifeinaday Over 80,000 videos were submitted from 197 different countries for participation in the contest.http://www.youtube.com/lifeinaday

Top 5 Most Viewed YouTube Channels of All-Time

Below are YouTube's top 5 most viewed channels of all time as of October 31, 2010. Of course the nature of youtube, and the internet, is that it evolves constantly, so these statistics change monthly. http://www.youtube.com/channels?s=mv&t=a&g=0

  1. Vevo (23,496,879,257 views)
    Vevo is a partnership between Sony, Universal Music Group and the Abu Dhabi Media Group which hosts a variety of popular music videos on YouTube.
  2. Expert Village (1,484,679,713 Views)
    An informational channel with "How To" videos on a variety of topics, from using an iPad to ice fishing, many of which were created in partnership with eHow
  3. Machinima (1,416,121,812 Views)
    YouTube's most popular video game-themed channel features trailers for new games, walkthroughs, news, gameplay demos and original short films created within games.
  4. FAIL Blog (1,283,346,050 Views)
    Exactly as the name implies, this channel features mostly candid clips of people getting hurt, screwing up, embarrassing themselves and generally failing.
  5. Hollywood Records (1,231,812,631 Views)
    The official channel for the major record label features numerous music videos from their artists, including Breaking Benjamin, Miley Cyrus, Selena Gomez and The Jonas Brothers.

Top 5 Most Subscribed YouTube Channels of All-Time

Below are the most popular youtube channels, by subscription as of Dec 2012.  These channels often have multiple shows grouped under them, organized by playlists. 

  1. Smosh (7,195,775 Subscribers)
    Home of the comedy duo of Anthony Padilla and Ian Hecox, who produce skits, pop culture parodies and humorous music videos.
  2. RayWilliamJohnson (7,039,759 Subscribers)
    Ray William Johnson hosts the show "=3," featuring a variety of strange, interesting or amusing videos from around YouTube along with snarky commentary.
  3. Nigahiga (6,777,832 Subscribers)
    Ryan Higa's channel features his personal vlogs and commentaries, along with sketches, wacky characters and film parodies.
  4. Jenna Marbles (6,160,688 Subscribers) Stream of Consciousness-style musing from entertainer/personality Jenna Marbles. 
  5. Machinima (5,959,854 SubscriberA channel which creates original gaming videos.

Popularity

In, 2006, YouTube videos accounted for an estimated 60% of the online viewing market. The company revealed in July of 2006 that over 100 million videos were being watched daily and over 65,000 videos were being uploaded each month.USA Today: YouTube serves up 100 million videos a day online (July 16, 2008)

Over the years there have been many YouTube Celebrities, who have gone from having a simple YouTube video, to being pushed into the national spotlight thanks to their creative videos that they have uploaded.

There are also youtube tv shows, original, serial shows in the same format as tv shows, that youtube channels update daily, weekly, or monthly.  Network Television shows also post content on Youtube.com. See the offical youtube tv page here: http://www.youtube.com/user/YouTubeShowsUS


Controversy

Numerous countries including Iran, Thailand, Turkey, Morocco, China, Libya, Brazil and Pakistan have banned YouTube for periods of time for violations of local laws. Many schools also have banned YouTube from their classrooms due to inappropriate and violent content of the videos.Mashable: Censored: List of Countries that Banned YouTube (May 30, 2007)

CBS Deal

In an agreement that blurs the line between television and online content, episodes of CBS shows will reportedly be aired in their entirety--complete with commercials--on YouTube.MarketWatch: Google taps full-length shows to bolster (October 10, 2008) The programs will include Dexter, Star Trek, The Young and the Restless, Beverly Hills 90210 and Californication.MarketWatch: Google taps full-length shows to bolster (October 10, 2008) Red Herring: YouTube to Run Full-Length CBS Shows (October 10, 2008)

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