YouTube is an amazing website that never fails to entertain, enlighten, and educate us in many ways about all things new and even old. It’s easily the most popular video-sharing website and probably the favorite website of the younger generation. However, the question is how many of you know the names of its founders or how many billions and billions of hours people from around the world spend watching videos on YouTube every month and more details like these? We bet not many of you. So on today’s list we’re offering you the chance to learn 25 interesting YouTube facts that will help you realize what you already know: how awesome YouTube really is.
Three former PayPal employees gave birth to YouTube
YouTube was founded by Chad Hurley, Steven Chen, and Jawed Karim, former employees of PayPal, an online commerce website. They registered the domain name in February 2005 and the site was officially launched that December.
Google owns YouTube, in case you didn’t know
In October 2006, Google bought YouTube for $1.65 billion in stocks, only eighteen months after YouTube’s creation. Karim received $66 million in Google stock, Chen received $310 million, and Hurley received $334 million. Not bad for three dudes who had just lost their jobs a couple of years before.
More than a billion unique users every month
It’s estimated that more than 1 billion users use YouTube each month mainly for entertainment. In other words, more than 15 percent of the planet visits YouTube on a monthly basis.
YouTube is a worldwide superstar
YouTube can be found in sixty-one countries and across sixty-one languages, while nearly 75 percent of its users live outside the US. Now that’s the kind of global success even The Beatles would be jealous of.
Twitter’s the biggest fan of YouTube
There’s no other way to explain the fact that about seven hundred tweets per minute contain a YouTube link.