As it celebrates its fifth anniversary, YouTube now serves 2 billion videos a day.
Billions and billions served. That used to be McDonald's claim to fame. Now it's true for YouTube. The video-sharing site just turned five years old, and it celebrated in style by announcing a new traffic milestone: two billion videos served. Daily.
The sheer bandwidth is mind-boggling: 24 hours of video are uploaded every minute. YouTube's audience now doubles the total viewers of US prime-time television.
If we are what we consume, then critics could cynically look to America as the land of Big Macs and finger-biting videos. But looking only at the empty calories of our mental consumption misses the bigger story.
If a picture is worth a thousand words and video is worth a thousand pictures, then YouTube – by making it easy so easy to broadcast ourselves – has triggered a genuine communication revolution.