Saudi Arabia ranks first in YouTube views


With YouTube celebrating its seventh anniversary, the video sharing website is attracting more viewers by the minute and in a survey of countries that get the biggest share of users, Saudi Arabia ranked first.

According to surveys, Saudi Arabia is the world’s first country in the number of YouTube viewers especially those who watch videos on smart phones. Latest statistics reveal that Saudis contribute more than 90 million YouTube views every day.

The popularity of YouTube for Saudis is mainly attributed to the way the website offers a variety of videos from all over the world and with the least cost possible. It also allows for interaction with other users about the content of uploaded material.

The seventh anniversary of YouTube is accompanied by a remarkable rise in the website’s popularity across the globe with more than four billion views every day. You Tube viewers have increased by 50 percent compared to last year’s ratings. Total You Tube views have increased by 200 percent.

Statistics show that in one minute, more than 60 hours of video clips are uploaded.

In addition to offering fast and easy access to all sorts of videos, the rising popularity of YouTube is also attributed to the number of views on the channels of celebrities on which they upload their work on a regular basis.

YouTube was established in February 2005 by former PayPal employees Chad Hurley, Steve Chen, and Jawed Karim in San Bruno, California. YouTube uses Adobe Flash Video to display the content on the website and which is all user-generated.

The content of YouTube varies between movie clips, music videos, and amateur content such as video blogging. In 2006, Google bought YouTube for $1.65 billion.

(Translated from Arabic by Sonia Farid)