Why is YouTube so popular?

How did YouTube become so popular and successful? Why is YouTube so popular?
  1. The largest video website on the internet

    YouTube hosts the largest number of videos available in a single place on the internet. This makes it the number one source for video material for many people.

  2. Google is the owner and promotes it

    YouTube is owned by Google who regularly promotes it in its search engine results. When a keyword is searched on Google, it automatically suggests any related videos as well.

  3. Has many musical videos

    People like listening to music and YouTube hosts just about every musical video ever published. Anytime people want to listen to a song they can find it on YouTube.

  4. Has many funny videos

    YouTube hosts many funny videos. People who are looking for a quick laugh can easily find such videos on YouTube. (See Why Talking Tom Cat got so popular?)

  5. Sometimes has full movies

    Sometimes users upload entire movies on YouTube. Anyone looking for an easily accessible movie can perhaps find it on YouTube.

  6. It started first

    YouTube was the first major video website with user generated content and thus attracted its audience first among all the similar websites available today. (See How Did YouTube Start?)

  7. Easily accessible

    YouTube is easily accessible from a computer, TV, tablet or smartphone. Its ‘ease of use’ approach makes it accessible to people of all sorts of technical competence.

  8. The content is user generated

    YouTube focuses on user generated content, unlike TV. Anybody can upload a video on YouTube and make it available to the entire world.

  9. Many celebrities have official channels there

    Many celebrities such as musicians have official YouTube channels and have fans following their channels.

  10. It has rare and obscure footage available

    YouTube has rare and pretty hard to find footage available. This fact makes it a popular source when people are looking for a rare or historical footage.

  11. Translated interface

    YouTube’s interface is translated to many languages. This makes it easier to use for those who don’t understand English.

  12. Movie and game trailers are released there

    Most movies and games have their trailers released on YouTube first. Months and months of media hype culminate on a YouTube page with millions of people watching the trailer.

  13. Server’s capabilities

    Back when YouTube first launched its website, it wasn’t very affordable to have a server capable of holding a large number of videos. YouTube servers made it easier for anyone with video content to get wired to the internet.

  14. It’s great for wasting time

    Most people like to procrastinate and waste time instead of facing their life problems. YouTube is a great tool for diverting somebody’s attention to less serious themes.

  15. It hosts very interesting documentaries

    Many interesting, high production documentaries are hosted on YouTube. In addition, many filmed lectures can also be found there, providing an excellent opportunity for education.

  16. It hosts exclusive shows

    Many exclusive shows are filmed just for the YouTube audience. The popularity of such shows boosted YouTube’s popularity.

  17. Videos are very easy to upload and be released

    YouTube made it very easy to upload a video and release it to the public. Before YouTube, this was an expensive and non-trivial task.

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