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When YouTube first made its way onto the internet, few people realized how many hours of video we’d be watching years later.

It seems the internet never gets bored of watching videos, so now there is an entire library’s worth of YouTube stats.

Instead of presenting you with the entire library, we’ve handpicked the 36 most interesting statistics and categorized them for you in one simple blog post.

YouTube history statistics

The domain name “YouTube.com” was activated on February 14, 2005

The first YouTube video was uploaded on 23 April 2005. Me at the Zoo shows co-founder Jawed Karim at the San Diego Zoo

On October 9, 2006, it was announced that YouTube would be purchased by Google for US$1.65 billion

The first adverts were rolled out in August 2007

In May 2010, YouTube served more than 2 billion views a day.

YouTube first streamed the US Presidential debates in 2012.

By March 2013, YouTube was now seeing 1bn monthly active users.

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