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Happy Belated Birthday YouTube! It’s hard to believe the video sharing mammoth is just seven years old and I’ll be the first to put my hands up and say it completely slipped my mind until a tweet from their offical Twitter page jogged my memory. Over the course of seven years YouTube has successfully cemented itself into our everyday lives and plays a vital role in both education and leisure.

One of the first things I did after rubbing the sleep from my eyes this morning was click onto YouTube to watch a video on how to successfully poach an egg. On the way to work I checked out a trailer for the Dark Night Rises and later on I’ll probably use YouTube to play some music before deciding whether to buy a ticket for a certain festival. Like all of you YouTube is completely integrated into my life and has been for as far back as I remember. What did we actually use before YouTube? In their blog YouTube spoke about the importance of hitting the 7 year mark with a bang:

“We’ve come along way in the past 7 years. What started as a handful of videos shared among friends has transformed into a global platform delivering the next generation of channels to anyone, anywhere, and on any device. This last year was especially big for us. We helped bring more great channels to YouTube and were designed the site, making it easier for you to discover, watch and subscribe to the videos you love. And all 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.”

To celebrate YouTube’s 7th birthday we’ve compiled some of the most notable facts that have propelled the social network into the heroic status it rightly has;

1. 60 hours of video are uploaded to YouTube every minute
2. 4 billion + videos are viewed every day
3. YouTube receives over 800 million unique users visitors every month
4. Over 3 billion hours of video are watched each month
5. More video is uploaded to YouTube in one month than the 3 major US networks created in 60 years
6. 70% of YouTube traffic comes from outside the US
7. YouTube is localized in 39 countries and across 54 languages
8. In 2011, YouTube had more than 1 trillion views
9. YouTube is monetizing over 3 billion video views per week
10. 98 of AdAge’s Top 100 advertisers have run campaigns on YouTube
11. YouTube have more HD content than any other online video site
12. There are thousands of full-length movies on YouTube
13. 10% of YouTube’s videos are in HD
14. YouTube mobile gets over 600 million views a day
15. The YouTube player is embedded across tens of millions of websites
16. 500 years of YouTube video are watched every day on Facebook
17. Over 700 YouTube videos are shared on Twitter each minute
18. 100 million people take a social action on YouTube (likes, shares, comments, etc) every week
19. More than 500 tweets per minute contain a YouTube link
20. Millions of subscriptions happen each day
21. More than 50% of videos on YouTube have been rated or commented on
22. The average YouTube user spends between 15 and 25 minutes on site every day
23. YouTube was built by 3 PayPal employees who funded the website with bonuses from when the company was purchased by eBay
24. YouTube.com was officially registered on the 14th of February 2005
25. YouTube was bought by Google in 2006 for over $1.6 billion

Check out this video celebrating the fact that YouTube turns seven. What do you use YouTube for most, leisure or education?