YouTube users are now uploading three full days, or 72 hours, of video every minute. That’s 24 hours more than just a year ago. The Google entity announced the new milestone to celebrate its official launch as a video sharing website seven years ago.

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YouTube has seen its video uploads grow 50 percent over the last year: Users are now uploading 72 hours of video every minute, compared to 48 hours just a year ago. The Google-owned video site announced the milestone Sunday night to celebrate its seventh birthday.

The amount of video uploaded to YouTube has increased steadily over the last few years. In early 2007, users were uploading six hours of video every minute to the site. By January of 2009, that number had grown to 15 hours. By March of 2010, the total reached 24 hours, only to go up to 35 hours by November of that year.

YouTube officially launched in May of 2005, but the first video was actually uploaded on April 23 2005. It shows co-founder Jawed Karim at the San Diego Zoo, and is still available on the site. Check it out below:

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  1. YouTube is a great video site that nearly includes all videos! Custom technology news

  2. Chris Conder Monday, May 21, 2012

    Just think what is going to happen when folk get decent upload speeds… bring on the fibre, citizen journalists, #da12bb

  3. Revolution Video Monday, May 21, 2012

    Wow! That’s a lot of video. This just shows how if you want to use your video for marketing or PR, you must make it unique, because there is a lot of competition out there.

  4. Shakir Razak Monday, May 21, 2012


    It Can’t hurt that they’re the only web-video host that gets incessantly name-checked by other media, in spite of not really being effected by the network-effect, and essentially being disadvantageous to most of those name-checking (old-media) to be dependent on a single market-leading site.

    Google has, however, completely grown that business up in terms of professionalism and ambition.

    Yours kindly,

    Shakir Razak

  5. Jason Hanson Monday, May 21, 2012

    That’s about 144Gigs of data that’s going onto your 350Gigs of Data Capped plan. Get ready to be charged overages.

  6. This is just a waaaaay too crazy!

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