YouTube Says Users Watch Three Billion Videos a Day

Roughly three billion people now watch at least one YouTube video each day – not bad for an online video sharing platform that turns all but six years old this month.

“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,” YouTube says.

Incredibly, however, daily views have spiked some 50% from just one year ago. And if that’s not enough to make your head explode, try this one on for size. YouTube says 48 hours of video content is uploaded every minute.

Robin Wauters of TechCrunch says that YouTube is enjoying such stellar growth for three primary reasons: “an increase in live streaming events, longer upload times and also faster upload processing times.”

comScore’s Video Metrix recently placed YouTube as the top online video content property in April (142.7 million unique viewers). VEVO was second with 55.2 million viewers.

Yahoo Sites enjoyed 53.2 million viewers and Facebook saw 46.7 million viewers.

To read all the interesting stats directly from the video sharing giant, check out the official YouTube blog.