YouTube Reaches Two Billion Hits a Day

May 17, 2010  |  

( — Video-sharing website YouTube celebrates its fifth birthday today with the news that it receives more than two billion hits daily.That’s almost double the number of people who tune into ABC, NBC, and CBS combined, says YouTube’s owner Google. It’s also a huge leap from the 1 billion-plus daily views the site said it was getting in October. The average YouTube viewer stays on the site for about 15 minutes a day, compared to TV’s five hours. YouTube is hoping to narrow the gap – and cash in on the trend toward Internet television – by adding full-length movies, concerts and live sporting events. That’s a far cry from the 19-second “Me at the Zoo” video, the site’s first offering, which was posted by co-founder Jawed Karim.(It’s also a far cry from guys dancing on treadmills and babies doing cute things, the sort of content for which the site is infamous.)

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