YouTube hits two billion downloads a day

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YouTube is (again) celebrating its fifth birthday in style today, with the announcement the company has broken the barrier of over two billion downloads a day.

The video website set up by three ex-PayPal employees back in 2005 has gone from strength to strength since being bought out by Google in November 2006 and this latest landmark shows the site doubling its viewers in just seven months.

A blog post from the YouTube team on its website said: "Since we never could have predicted all that happened in YouTube's first five years, we certainly can't imagine what the future will look like. But we do know there's a lot more to be done."

The company admitted it still had some way to go to move users up from the 15 minutes they spend on YouTube a day to equal the five hours they spend watching TV, but it has that goal in its sights.

"After all," the blog concluded, "this is only the beginning of the video revolution. We're just getting started."

Click here to read a timeline mapping the history of YouTube.

Jennifer Scott

Jennifer Scott is a former freelance journalist and currently political reporter for Sky News. She has a varied writing history, having started her career at Dennis Publishing, working in various roles across its business technology titles, including ITPro. Jennifer has specialised in a number of areas over the years and has produced a wealth of content for ITPro, focusing largely on data storage, networking, cloud computing, and telecommunications.

Most recently Jennifer has turned her skills to the political sphere and broadcast journalism, where she has worked for the BBC as a political reporter, before moving to Sky News.