If you want to see your favorite music video or maybe an example of a do-it-yourself task you’re working on, where is the very first place online that you would go to? Chances are the answer is YouTube. Even though there are several other video services on the Internet, none come anywhere near the success and prevalence of YouTube. Since its beginning in 2005, YouTube has risen to the top in terms of sites visited (it’s the number 2 search engine behind Google) and has since held its place there comfortably.
Today’s infographic goes over YouTube’s history in its relatively short existence. The first video (called “Me at the zoo”) was posted in April of 2005 and a year and a half later in October of 2006, YouTube was bought by Google for an astounding $1.65 billion. They weren’t done growing yet though; within three years there were 1 billion videos being viewed daily, a number which quadrupled in 2012.
How long will YouTube be able to continue to grow and remain the most dominant video site? It’s hard to say for sure, but if current trends continue then YouTube will likely be around for a long time to come. For more information on the history and current performance of YouTube, refer to the infographic below. [Via]7.4k