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YouTube Celebrates Seven Years of User Generated Content




May 20th was YouTube’s 7th birthday. Oh, our little baby is growing up fast, isn’t he? Seems like only yesterday he was learning how to walk without falling down, feed the animals without getting attacked. . . ride a bike without hitting a telephone pole.

What’s truly extraordinary about YouTube is that he’s growing at three times the rate of a normal child. Users upload 72 hours of video per minute these days which means you couldn’t watch every minute of every video even if you wanted to. Not that you would want to.

Sure, there are plenty of fun and helpful videos on YouTube but no matter how hard they try to lift their reputation, they’ll always be known as the home of stupid people doing stupid things. And that’s okay, because we all need a good laugh, even if it is at the expense of others.

Now that I’m done with the obligatory YouTube jokes, here are a few YouTube gems:

Inspiring: Get Back Up, Nick Vujicic

Smile Inducing: Evolution of Dance – By Judson Laipply

The power of crowdsourcing: Sound of Music | Central Station Antwerp (Belgium)

Proof that anyone can become a star with a great idea and a little luck: Annoying Orange

Here’s to everyone who has ever uploaded a video to YouTube! We all appreciate the education, the news and the fun.