YouTube Now Moving at 3,600 Times the Speed of Real Life

Video site puts uploads in perspective

YouTube prides itself on its girth—on the sheer volume of cat videos and other ephemera (along with a handful of legitimately interesting clips) that are being uploaded to the site every day. Recently, the Google-owned site reached a very marketable milestone, as one hour of video is now being uploaded to YouTube every second. This calls for celebration, in the form of the video below, which in turn links to, where lots of cute animations visualize just how far YouTube time is outpacing real time. (Approximately 3,600 seconds of video are uploaded each second.) In a blog post, YouTube also offers some viewing data: "For all the hours of video you're uploading—you're watching more as well; we've now exceeded 4 billion video views globally every day. That's up 25 percent in the last eight months and the equivalent of more than half the world's population watching a video every day, the same number as there are U.S. $1 bills in circulation, the same as the number of years since there was water on Mars. … It's a big number, and you're making it bigger every day." It's a little vertigo-inducing and a bit sad that you'll never get to all those cat videos, even if you have several lifetimes to live.