Three days worth of videos uploaded to YouTube every minute

So how many videos are really there in YouTube’s archive?

YouTube has been in the business for seven years now. And in those seven years, it has grown into a gargantuan video sharing site that nobody expected when they unveiled it.

YouTube can’t say how many videos are in their website. But the team said, “Today, 72 hours of video are uploaded to the site every minute. Like many sever year olds around the world, we’re growing up so fast! In other words, every single minute you now upload three whole days worth of video, instead of two. That’s 61 Royal Wedding Ceremonies, 841 Bad Romances, and 1,194 Nyan Cats.”

A year ago, YouTube set a record when they were recorded to have been uploading 48 hours of video every minute.

The video sharing site started sharing videos in 2005 and was acquired by Google, Inc. back in 2006.

YouTube has evolved into something that is personal. The site now features millions of personal channels that are created by filmmakers, home videos, DIYs, tutorials and many more.

The YouTube team added, “And all the 800 million of you all over the world have shown us we’re on the right track by increasing subscriptions 50% and watching over 3 billion hours a month.”

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Vevo’s videos make a return on MTV

MTV and Vevo, two of the world’s music video powers, are now back on track after a year off of each other.

Last Friday, Vevo’s music videos, that includes those from three of the four largest record labels have been shown again on

Last December, CNET reported that the two have signed a pact after more than a year since Vevo’s videos, which is owned by Universal Music Group, was pulled off MTV sites.

The terms of the agreement was not publicized.

The New York Post reported that Facebook is trying to unseat YouTube as Vevo’s host.

A CNET source said that negotiations have been on-going between Vevo and YouTube. The report is harping on why Vevo is being sought by Facebook and YouTube.

According to Claire Atkinson, author of the article, “Landing a deal with Vevo could prove key for Facebook, which is angling to go public this year in a huge IPO that would value the company at $100 billion. The social network barely edged out Google to become the biggest seller of display ads in 2011, but is projected to lost that title in 2013 as the search giant cranks up its display-ad business.”

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YouTube reaches 4 billion views per day

Popular video sharing site YouTube said that at least 60 hours of videos are uploaded every minute of the day to their site. They say that they are attracting more than four billion views a day.

That is a huge number considering that that feat is equal to at least an hour of video uploaded per second. According to a blog post by YouTube, “In 2007 we started at six hours, then in 2010 we were at 24 hour, then 35, then 48. And now… 60 hours of video every minute, an increase of more than 30 percent in the last eight months. In other words, you’re uploading one hour of video to YouTube every second.”

Their latest stats which boasts of 4 billion views per day, is an increase of 25 percent in the past 8 months.

YouTube was bought by Google back in 2006 for a whopping amount of $1.65 billion.

The site is currently adding content including full length TV shows and movies to attract potential investors and advertisers.

YouTube Your Film Festival: $500 prize for world’s best storyteller

Cash strapped?

Well try your luck and join YouTube’s Your Film Festival.

It’s a competition to discover the world’s best storyteller that the world’s leading video sharing site announced today.

Starting February 2, the site is going to open the film festival to everybody who’s over 18 years of age. Film buffs who think that they have a movie somewhere in their closet that is worth for viewing can join. Well, just be sure that you can take all the BS that if your movie is not at par from viewers the world over.

The contest has set rules which include: “ All genres and formats are welcome. Live action short, animation, documentary, Web-series episode, TV pilot-you name it,” and submit it.

But the most important thing is that YouTube demands your video to be story-driven and that it was never shown in public prior to January 1, 2010.

Judges will choose 50 semi-finalists, whose videos will then be voted on by a global audience. The top 10 will have their films showcased at the 2012 Venice Film Festival. A winner will be selected by a jury to be led by world class director Ridley Scott and will have a prize of a $500,000 production grant to work with the latter’s team in creating a new story.

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A new homepage for Google

Google’s homepage has been minimalist since its inception. The company’s logo with a little box for your search query and two buttons welcome you to their site and that’s about it. If you compare it to their rivals like Yahoo!, it certainly looks bland and boring.
It seems like Google’s minimalist homepage have its days numbered. The company has begun testing a new design for their website. If visitors click the logo, a menu pops out revealing Google’s top services (Google+, Search, Images, Maps, YouTube, News, Gmail and Documents) add to that a “More” option with submenus that gives you access to Reader, Calendar, Books and Shopping.
The design is still not available to all users. The upgraded homepage can be viewed by selected individuals in English language markets.
It’s obvious that Google is pushing for their social networking website, Google+, to the top. The company has placed it in the topmost portion over their other services. This comes as a much needed push for the young site.
The new look resembles Google’s Web-dependent Chrome OS that is available on selected Chromebooks from Samsung and Acer. Chromebooks have been in the market for over a year.
Google’s minimalist design started in the 90’s when they had a logo, search bar and button and an “I’m feeling lucky” tab.

Google tops list of most visited sites for 2011

This year was another banner year for search engine giant Google. And according to the market research giant Nielsen, Google came out on top of all the websites as the top internet destinations this year.

According to the report, Google had 153.4 million unique visitors per month on the average. While Facebook, who by the way came in second, only had 137.6 million.

With 130.1 million unique visitors monthly, Yahoo came in at 3rd. Microsoft’s WindowsLive/Bing/MSN and YouTube completed the top 5.

Here is a complete breakdown of the top 10 with their corresponding average monthly unique visitors:

  1. Google 153,441,000

  2. Facebook 137,644,000

  3. Yahoo! 130,121,000

  4. MSN/WindowsLive/Bing 115,890,000

  5. YouTube 106,692,000

  6. Microsoft 83,691,000

  7. AOL Media Network 74,633,000

  8. Wikipedia 62,097,000

  9. Apple 61,608,000

  10. Ask Search Network 60,552,000

Nielsen also added that Facebook is the most preferred social networking site by the Americans having about 137,6444,000 unique monthly visitors per month. While Blogger was the most preferred blog site in the U.S.. Twitter followed Facebook and WordPress came in second after Blogger.

There was no surprise when Nielsen revealed that YouTube lorded over its rivals. The video sharing website topped the list with 111,152,000 average unique video viewers per month. It was followed by VEVO who lagged behind YouTube with 34,580,000.

YouTube releases top videos of 2009

Because the year is nearly coming to an end, its time to round up the best of 2009.

In this article, let’s take a look at what videos made it to YouTube’s most viewed list for this year released today.

Taking the top spot is Susan Boyle’s video of her first appearance on “Britain’s Got Talent” who garnered a total of more than 120 million views.

Coming in second is the real antics of the then 8-year-old-boy in “David After Dentist” with 37 million views.

The third place went to “JK Wedding Entrance Dance” who got 33 million views in 2009 with the whole wedding entourage dancing to the tune of  Chris Brown’s Forever.

The fourth and fifth place went to the “New Moon Movie Trailer” (31 million views) and “Evian Roller Babies” (27 million views) respectively.

As for the music videos, here’s YouTube’s round up for this year’s most viewed:

1.  “I Know You Want Me” by Pitbull (82 million views)

2.  “The Climb” by Miley Cyrus (64 million views)

3.  “Party in the USA”  by Miley Cyrus (54 million views)

4.  “I’m  On a Boat” by the Lonley Island

5.  “Knock You  Down” by Keri Hilson


Facebook: Third most popular video site

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Yup, you got that right. Facebook doesn’t only reign in the social networking arena, it’s also staking a claim in being among the top video sites in the world.

The result was according to Nielsen’s Video Census released today which looked at the number of video views for the month of October. YouTube topped the chart with 6.6 billion streams and Hulu came in second with 632 million. Facebook came in the 3rd place with 217 million streams, beating out Bing, Yahoo, Fox, ESPN and other sites.

“During the past year, online video viewing has become central to the Web experience,” Jon Gibs, Nielsen’s Vice President of Media Analytics, said in a statement. “In conjunction with this increase, we are seeing remarkable growth in video viewing on social networking sites and it is only natural that these two trends would converge in consumers’ minds, making sites like Facebook and, increasingly important distribution points for both consumer and professionally generated video.”

In September of this year, Facebook only ranked tenth among the most number of video streams.

“Social networking sites are evolving from a venue for catching up with friends to a platform for personal expression, allowing consumers to share their experiences in the full variety of content formats available online,” Gibs said.


Automatic captioning makes YouTube videos more accessible

Videos are fun to watch, but without the sound, one can never really enjoy it.

That’s what people who have hearing impairment have to endure, silent videos. Having captions on the other hand, will definitely make it more accessible and a better experience for them.

The thing is, placing captions on ALL the videos you are uploading is a pretty daunting task so Google is solving that problem by adding the feature Automatic Captions or auto-caps.

“We’ve combined Google’s automatic speech recognition (ASR) technology with the YouTube caption system to offer automatic captions, or auto-caps for short. Auto-caps use the same voice recognition algorithms in Google Voice to automatically generate captions for video. The captions will not always be perfect, but even when they’re off, they can still be helpful—and the technology will continue to improve with time,” Google Software Engineer Ken Harrenstien said in the official Google blog.

Google also introduced new feature in YouTube called automatic caption timing or auto-timing which will make it easier to add automatic captions manually. All you have to do is upload a text file containing all the world in the video and Google’s ASR technology to identify which part of the video the words were spoken.

At present, auto-caps is only visible in a number of partner channels including U.C. Berkeley, Stanford, MIT, Yale, UCLA, Duke, UCTV, Columbia, PBS, National Geographic, Demand Media, UNSW and most Google and YouTube channels.  Auto-timing on the other hand, is now available to all English language videos.