Happy 6th Birthday, YouTube! 3 Billion Views Daily and Counting….

YouTube is now 6 years old, and has some impressive stats to celebrate with.  The site now handles 3 billion views every day, a far cry from the 2.5 videos per month that were viewed on the site back in December of 2005, as reported by All Things Digital.

Here are some of the highlights:

  • Global daily views are up 50% in the last year
  • US internet audience viewed 5.1 billion videos in April 2011 (clearly, YouTube’s popularity extends around the globe)
  • Over 48 hours of video are uploaded to the site every single minute (a 100% increase year over year, and a 37% increase in the last 6 months)
  • YouTube ranked as the top online video content property in the U.S. in April, with 142.7 million unique viewers

According to TechCrunch, YouTube names three reasons for this growth: an increase in live streaming events, longer upload times and faster upload processing times.