Google is the most visited website in the world. What's the second most visited?
And the answer: YouTube.
As the most popular video website on the internet, YouTube has so many daily visitors that billions of videos are watched every single day. The website was founded in 2005 by three former employees of PayPal, who predicted that people would want to share their "home videos" with others.
YouTube had taken off before its creators knew what to do with it. By the time of its official launch in 2005, it was serving more than two million video views each day. Within a year, that number had more than quadrupled – YouTube was already amassing 25 million views a day.
During this time, YouTube's creators were forced to continually buy more computer equipment and broadband connections, as they attempted to keep up with the influx of site traffic. Copyright also became an issue, as they struggled to contain and prevent unlawfully reproduced material on their site. In 2006, Google Inc. purchased YouTube for a whopping $1.65 billion in stock (just a year after the site's official launch!). After the fact, Google helped with copyright litigation and began playing paid advertisements.
Since then, it has all but slowed down. It's estimated that in 2007, YouTube consumed as much bandwidth as the entire Internet in 2000 (no wonder they needed more computers).
YouTube has revolutionized job platforms across the market. It has also created an all-new job archetype: the YouTuber. Perhaps one of the first forms of the social media "influencer," YouTubers produced and catered content to specific, loyal audiences. Quickly, it was realized that money could be made in this pursuit through advertisement monetization. Today, it is now a necessary source of information, and even a means of starting a prosperous career.
Learn more about the history of YouTube with this, well, YouTube video.