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A new data point about the state of YouTube, which has a fondness for using anniversaries to release them. On the eve of its fifth birthday,…

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A new data point about the state of YouTube, which has a fondness for using anniversaries to release them. On the eve of its fifth birthday, the site says in a celebratory blog post that it is now getting more than two billion views a day. That’s up from the one billion-plus daily views YouTube said it was getting back in October, when it was marking three years in Google’s fold.

No mention among the cheering, of course, of the $1 billion Viacom lawsuit, which has led to some less than pretty revelations about how the site may have attained some of its early growth — or whether YouTube is actually profitable yet. Some analysts have said however that YouTube could start contributing to Google’s bottom line this year.

  1. doctorstrangelove Friday, May 21, 2010

    Thus far, there are three scholarly books available on the subject of YouTube:

    The YouTube Reader, (2009) Edited by Snickars and Vonderau
    YouTube: Online Video and Participatory Culture, (2009) by Burgess and Green

    and this one:

    Watching YouTube: Extraordinary Videos by Ordinary People (University of Toronto Press, 2010).

    Table of Contents

    Introduction
    1. Home Movies in a Global Village
    2. The Home and Family on YouTube
    3. Video Diaries: The Real You in YouTube
    4. Women of the ‘Tube
    5. The YouTube Community
    6. The YouTube Wars: Elections, Religion, and Armed Conflict
    7. The Post-television Audience
    Conclusion

    — Dr. Strangelove

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