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YouTube is a video-sharing website on which users can upload, share, and view videos. Three former PayPal employees created YouTube in February 2005. In November 2006, YouTube, LLC was bought by Google Inc. for $1.65 billion, and is now operated as a subsidiary of Google.

The company is based in San Bruno, California, and uses Adobe Flash Video technology to display a wide variety of user-generated video content, including movie clips, TV clips, and music videos, as well as amateur content such as video blogging and short original videos. Most of the content on YouTube has been uploaded by individuals, although media corporations including CBS, BBC, VEVO and other organizations offer some of their material via the site, as part of the YouTube partnership program.

Why YouTube Is So Popular?

YouTube now is the first choice for most people around the world to download and upload videos, despite the fact there are several other options, like Vimeo, NetFlix and so on. So what is the secret of YouTube's popularity? The truth is YouTube sparks an interest that inspires people to post videos online for sharing with thousands of millions of people of the world within a few minutes while most people did not yet have a clear idea of uploading videos and there were few easy methods available for ordinary computer users to post videos online. Surely, simple interface, wide range of topics and its helps for promotion are also credited with helping building YouTube's prevalence.

Social Impact

YouTube has turned video sharing into one of the most important parts of Internet culture. YouTube was awarded a 2008 George Foster Peabody Award and cited for being "a 'Speakers' Corner' that both embodies and promotes democracy." Entertainment Weekly put it on its end-of-the-decade, "best-of" list, saying, "Providing a safe home for piano-playing cats, celeb goof-ups, and overzealous lip-synchers since 2005.", etc.


YouTube accepts videos uploaded in most formats, including AVI, MKV, MOV, FLV, MPEG-4, MPEG, WMV, etc. It also supports 3GP (.3gp, .3g2, .3gpp), allowing videos to be uploaded from legacy mobile phones.

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