Founded in February 2005, YouTube is a consumer media company
for people to watch and share original videos worldwide through
a Web experience.
Everyone can watch videos on YouTube—both on YouTube.com and
across the Internet. People can see first-hand accounts of
current events, find videos about their hobbies and interests,
and discover the quirky and unusual. As more people capture
special moments on video, YouTube is empowering them to become
the broadcasters of tomorrow.
What is YouTube?
YouTube is a place for people to engage in new ways with video
by sharing, commenting on, and viewing videos. YouTube
originally started as a personal video sharing service, and has
grown into an entertainment destination with people watching
more than 50 million videos on the site daily.
With YouTube, people can:
- Upload, tag and share videos worldwide
- Browse millions of original videos uploaded by community
- Find, join and create video groups to connect with people
who have similar interests
- Customize the experience by subscribing to member videos,
saving favorites, and creating playlists
- Integrate YouTube videos on websites using video embeds or
- Make videos public or private—users can elect to broadcast
their videos publicly or share them privately with friends and
family upon upload
YouTube is building a community that is highly motivated to
watch and share videos. The service is free for everyone. We
always encourage our users to
contact us with thoughts, suggestions, feedback or otherwise
random ramblings. Make sure to check out our
Blog to keep up to date on all the latest YouTube
Usage and operations
In April 2006, 35,000 new videos were uploaded to YouTube
daily. The total viewership has been estimated to be in the
millions, with 30 million clips watched daily. YouTube has
twenty-five employees, with four interns from Stanford
University hired as censors to evaluate videos which
viewers have marked as "objectionable." The YouTube headquarters
is in an Mateo, California.
Like Google Video and other video sites, there are
complaints about the quality of playback. Sometimes videos'
audio and picture feeds do not match up; other times they end
Some industry commentators have speculated that YouTube's
running costs — specifically the bandwidth required — may be as
high as $1 million USD per month, thereby fuelling
criticisms that the company does not have a viable business
model. Advertisements were launched on the site beginning in
March 2006, indicating that the company did not have a source of
revenue since its founding in February 2005 — indeed indications
suggest that the company's primary source of income at this
stage is injections from venture capitalists.
In April 2006, YouTube started using Google AdSense
When users upload videos, they are responsible for
providing a textual description of the video along with a list
of tags. While most videos have correct tags that are
relevant to the content of the video itself, quite a few videos
are intentionally mislabeled by their posters in an attempt to
artificially gain popularity. For example, a video of a sporting
event could be intentionally mislabeled with the tag "Family
Guy" in an effort to attract viewings for those searching for
Family Guy videos which has nothing to do with sporting events.
On their 6:30 PM bulletin on June 1, 2006, ITV
News reported that YouTube and sites like it were
encouraging violence and bullying amongst teenagers, who were
filming fights on their mobile phones (see happy
slapping), and then uploading them to YouTube. While
YouTube provides a facility for reporting excessively violent
videos, the news report stated that communication with the
website was difficult.