You Tube Reaches Milestone: 14.6 Billion Videos Viewed in May

According to comsScore.com, a leader in measuring the digital world, YouTube.com “achieved record levels of viewing activity in May with an all-time high of 14.6 billion videos viewed and surpassing the threshold of 100 videos per viewer for the first time.”

This is quite an achievement in showing how the face of computing entertainment is changing the direction of consumer computers. The PC has acquired a new more traditional status, as an entertainment device. But it is a novel status at the same time since the way that it is acquiring a new dimension is by adding features that are old and well developed.

What features? Well YouTube is actually a television for the computer. Small short videos that would never make it to the big screen or to a regular television, find plenty of expression on the Internet. Just like writers that want to publish but can not get a book or story published, YouTube is a way for directors to make their videos and have them shown world wide. Such videos may make a Hollywood director at some point in time in the future. That remains to be seen.

But here are the numbers. In May, U.S. Internet users watched nearly 34 billion videos. Google toped out taking the top spot with 14.6 billion videos. This was about 43 percent of all videos viewed online. ComScore says that YouTube accounted for the vast majority of videos viewed at the site. Hulu came in second with 1.2 billion videos, or 3.5 percent of all online videos viewed, a slight increase from April. Microsoft Sites ranked third with 642 million (1.9 percent), followed by Vevo with 430 million (1.3 percent) and Viacom Digital with 347 million (1.0 percent).

Rankings based on video content sites; excludes video server networks. Online video includes both streaming and progressive download video.

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Rankings based on video content sites; excludes video server networks. Online video includes both streaming and progressive download video.

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Source: comScore

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