YouTube turns 6 ... and, yes, they do grow up so fast

Video volume, viewership numbers continue staggering march upward

All the world is a stage and pretty soon everyone in it will be featured in a video on YouTube ... at least once.

From a post this morning on YouTube's blog noting the site's sixth anniversary:

Back in November we challenged you to up the volume of videos you uploaded to the site. And boy, did you take the bait. Today, more than 48 hours (two days worth) of video are uploaded to the site every minute, a 37% increase over the last six months and 100% over last year. ...

We're amazed that over this last weekend, you drove YouTube past the 3 billion views a day mark, a 50% increase over last year. That's the equivalent of nearly half the world's population watching a YouTube video each day, or every U.S. resident watching at least nine videos a day.

It's a wonder anyone gets any work done.

Reading that post got me to wondering about the very first video ever posted to YouTube, so, if you haven't seen it before, here is YouTube co-founder Jawed Karim's visit to the San Diego zoo:

And this compilation purports to show the 20 oldest clips on the site.

I'd link to the 20 newest but that's like trying to drink out of a video hose.

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