Superstorm Sandy, the presidential election, Red Bull’s Stratos space jump — what do they all have in common? Millions of people watched or uploaded video of them to YouTube this year.
“When something big happens in the world, the YouTube community responds,” wrote YouTube Director of Content Partnerships for News and Education Tom Sly in a blog post Wednesday.
“Our news partners race to get footage live on the site,” added Sly. “On-the-spot reporters upload video directly from their smartphones to let us all know what it’s like to be there. Leaders express their outrage, and their sorrow. And our 800 million users around the world head to the YouTube search box and their subscriptions to better understand and get broad perspectives on what just happened.”
What kind of records did YouTube users set in 2012?
The Weather Channel’s 70-hour continuous live stream of Hurricane Sandy coverage had 13 million views. Videos tagged “Obama” or “Romney” were watched a staggering 2.7 billion times — three times the number of views as Gangnam Style, YouTube’s most-watched video. 8 million people tuned in for daredevil Felix Baumgartner’s high-altitude leap.
Looking for more about YouTube’s year in news? Check out the infographic above, courtesy of YouTube.
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