YouTube Now Gains 72 Hours of User Generated Content Every Minute

YouTube is growing by the hour at a record pace.

According to announcement Sunday by the hugely popular Google-owned video sharing site, YouTube users now upload 72 hours of new video content to the site every minute of the day.

In May of 2011, only 48 hours of content were uploaded per minute.

“In May 2005 we first shared YouTube with the world. Seven years later, you’re the ones doing the sharing!” YouTube announced on its Official Blog yesterday. “We’re so honored that you’ve used YouTube to share how-to tips, political moments, home videos, comedy, music, and so much more.”

Last year to celebrate our birthday, we wrote you, the YouTube Community, a thank you note for making our first 6 years so special. And on that birthday you gave us a great present by reaching a record rate of 48 hours of video uploaded to the site every minute. Well Community, this year, on our 7th birthday, you’ve outdone yourselves once again.

“We’ve come along way in the past 7 years,” the post reads. “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.”

As of this writing, 800 million people around the world have visited YouTube online or via their mobile device.