YouTube Surpasses A Billion Users Per Month

YouTube Passes 1 Billion Users a Month

Today on Google+ YouTube announced that it now has a billion users a month”

“Sending a big thank you out to everyone involved in helping us surpass over one billion users per month. It’s no exaggeration to say that, from the bedroom filmmaker and the next global pop star to the fans who tune in, you’re the reason we’re here. You have created something truly awesome.”

It’s really remarkable to think YouTube just launched eight years ago as a way for friends to share videos with each other. It’s more remarkable when you see how Google breaks down those numbers on the YouTube Blog when they answer the question: “What does a billion people tuning into YouTube look like?”

  • 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!

YouTube just may be the most important publication tool introduced since the printing press. The democratization of video is more powerful than the democratization of print or audio because it touches human emotion on such a deeper level.

Justin Bieber was a kid from Canada who used YouTube to introduce himself to the world. You may not be a fan, but the power YouTube gave that kid to build and launch a global brand is something truly special. I could post a Bieber video here to celebrate. After all, he is the most popular artist on YouTube so far. Instead, I’ll share a couple of other Canadian kids who also used YouTube to launch their music carrers.

Lennon and Maisy launched their first YouTube video just a year ago and they’ve already had 31,063,200 views. I’m probably responsible for at least a thousand of those views.

Congrats YouTube! We’ve got plans for you too.

Neal Campbell

Neal Campbell is a writer and artist with a Master’s Degree in Psychology, which may or may not explain why he is a writer and artist. In 2005, he launched and produced GeekBrief.TV, one of the first and most successful video podcasts. Neal writes about technology, pop culture, science, TV, the Internet, and sometimes bacon. He lives on the Internet, and loves his Chihuahua, Zoe, who hasn’t left his lap in eight years.


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