What does 1 billion monthly YouTube users signify? It means that nearly one out of every two people on the Internet worldwide goes to YouTube.
That’s a serious amount of people.

Google’s video hosting service announced today that for the first time, it’s driving these colossal numbers — more than a billion unique users on the site, every month.

“If YouTube were a country, we’d be the third largest in the world after China and India,” YouTube wrote in a blog post today. “Our monthly viewership is the equivalent of roughly 10 Super Bowl audiences.”

Not bad for a company that’s just eight years old. It’s not only viewers who are prodigiously using the service, but content creators are also creating videos at a growing rate. According to YouTube, thousands of channels have been created and every single one of the Ad Age top 100 brands have run advertising campaigns on the site.

While Google hadn’t released YouTube’s latest unique visitor numbers in January, it did say that people were watching a total of 4 billion hours of YouTube per month.

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