A popular video sharing website, Youtube was developed in February 2005 by Steve Chen, Jawed Karim and Chad Hurley. The website was acquired by Google Inc. in November 2006 for $1.65 billion. The firm is based at San Burno in California. Millions of computer users visit the site because it allows them to share as well as upload videos. To avoid experiencing problems, the website ensures that the videos uploaded and shared by users do not violate copyright laws. To know more about this site, let us look at the size of Youtube.
The Size of Youtube
How big is Youtube? Based on statistics posted by the website, 20 hours of video were uploaded every minute at the site. In the United States, 12.7 billion videos were uploaded November 2008. In January 2009, the number of users of Youtube reached 100 million. The average number of videos watched by members every month is 62. The ages of user base of the website are between 18 to 55. In March 2009, the website announced that Youtube enjoys at least a billion hits every day.
Additional Information and Other Important Details
The playback technology used in this website is Adobe Flash Player. This application allows users to view the videos in different programs including the Windows Media Player, RealPlayer and QuickTime. The maximum of length that will be uploaded to the site is 10 minutes. The file size of videos should not exceed 2 gigabytes. Videos uploaded in the site have different formats like AVI, WMV, MOV, OGG, FLV and MPEG. The site also allows users to upload videos directly from cellular phones using the 3GP format.
In terms of video quality, the standard quality of videos at the site is 320×240 pixels. The resolution of videos that have high quality, which was launched by Youtube in March 2008, is 864×480 pixels. On 21 July 2009, users or members of Youtube can upload three dimensional videos.
Videos uploaded at the website can be accessed through smart phones. In addition to this, the site can be viewed using the different products of Apple like the iPhone. The new localization system of Youtube was launched by Google in different countries including Czech Republic, the Republic of China, New Zealand and Hong Kong. Copyright infringement laws implemented in the country can affect the accessibility of videos following the new system. Aside from these, to upload videos at Youtube, it is important that the videos do not have inappropriate content.