YouTube in 2011: Over 1,000,000,000,000 Playbacks, 140 Views for Every Person on Earth


We'll leave it up to the cultural anthropologists of the future to unravel the significance of the fact that Rebecca Black's "Friday" was the most watched video on YouTube in 2011. Just a brief look at the basic statistics of YouTube's viewership this year, however, clearly shows how much of a force Google's video sharing site has become. According to YouTube's own data, the site saw more than one trillion (1,000,000,000,000) playbacks this year. That's an astonishing 140 views for every person on earth, or, as Google puts it, "more than twice as many stars as in the Milky Way."

Last year, the "Bed Intruder Song" took the top billing in YouTube's annual top 10 list. This year, it was Rebecca Black's "Friday." While there wasn't a single cat video in last year's top 10, this year saw two of them make the list ("Nyan Cat" and "cat mom hugs baby kitten"). Sadly, my favorite cat video of the year didn't make the list, though.

Here is the complete top 10:


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The Copa America Comes to YouTube


When it comes to major soccer tournaments, the Copa America ranks among the most exciting and thanks to South America’s love for soccer, it is surely responsible for a massive loss of productivity in the participating countries every four years. Youtube, which has been dabbling with live streaming for a while now, just announced that it will offer live video streams of all the games – including the championship game – of this year’s Copa America in Argentina next month.

This is the first time YouTube will stream such a major sports event. There have been persistent rumors that YouTube has been negotiating with both the NBA and NHL in the U.S. to stream some of their games live. Until now, the biggest live streaming sports events on Google’s YouTube have been cricket games, however.

copa america on youtube

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