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Google says one hour of video is now being uploaded to YouTube every second

People who complain about some of the racier content on YouTube are often told that the sheer rate at which that content is uploaded makes it impossible to moderate. That claim would seem to be more than borne out by the figures released recently by Google, YouTube’s owner.

The search giant’s figures show that one hour of video is now being uploaded to YouTube every second. That upload rate — equivalent to 60 hours of video per minute — represents an astonishing tenfold increase from its 2007 rate.

About 30 percent of that growth has come in the last eight months, says Google. For fun, YouTube has posted an animation, at www.onehourpersecond.
com
, to show you just what happens in a YouTube-upload-second and multiples thereof.

More amazing still, perhaps, is that YouTube’s footage is now getting 4 billion views per day — equivalent to more than half the people on Earth clicking in to see crazy kittens, people telling their parents they are going to be grandparents, and lightning hitting aircraft. And it’s not going to go away anytime soon: Ever more YouTube channels are in the pipeline. 

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