YouTube is a popular video sharing website where users can upload, view, and share video clips. YouTube was created in mid February 2005 by three former employees of PayPal. The San Bruno-based service uses Adobe Flash technology to display video. The wide variety of site content includes movie and TV clips and music videos, as well as amateur content such as videoblogging and short original videos. In October 2006, Google Inc. announced that it had reached a deal to acquire the company for US$1.65 billion in Google's stock. The deal closed on 13 November 2006.
YouTube is the most renowned video sharing website on internet. It allows the user to upload, view and share the clippings of original videos or captured from movie or television on the internet. YouTube is biggest website in its category, as over 25 quadrillion bytes (petabytes) of videos were being streamed from the site per month within couple of years from its commencement. It is far ahead with its nearest rivals (Yahoo Videos, Mega upload, Metacafe) in terms of video uploading, viewing and sharing. It was founded by former Paypal employees ? Chad Hurley, Steve Chen and Jawed Karim in 2005. Viewing its popularity, Google Inc. had acquired it in 2006 for $1.65 billion. Since its inception, YouTube has become an amazing Internet phenomenon like Amazon.com, Yahoo, Google, MySpace and Facebook with its unique features and electrifying growth.
YouTube provides the users a platform to express their creation and to share it with the entire world without any hassles. YouTube also provides the facility for sharing selection through public or private mode to protect the privacy of the uploader. Any user, who wants to upload any original videos or the clippings of any captured videos from other sources that do not violate the copyright law can upload it on the internet by making a user account on YouTube. They can also make it private to enable only the nears-and-dears to watch it or make it public for everyone?s viewing. For viewing any public video that does not fall under adult category can be watch without making a user account on YouTube, while some specific category videos require a user account to watch those videos.
YouTube also provides the feature of reporting abusive, obscene, malicious, or inappropriate videos if those violate the law of copyright or found offensive to any race, nation, individual, religion, community or children to the admin by flagging it. The admin delete those videos from the internet to prevent any further uproar.
For viewing YouTube videos you would need flash based web browser because YouTube converts the format of supported technology into flash files. However, for trial, YouTube has provided the facility to watch some specific format videos like H.264 or webM to watch it on HTML5 enabled web browser while other format videos cannot be viewed.
For uploading, YouTube platform accepts some mostly trendy video formats like .AVI, .MKV, .MOV, .MP4, DivX, .FLV, .ogg, .ogv, MPEG-4, MPEG, VOB, .WMV and 3GP from mobile uploading. Any registered user can upload maximum 15 minutes long video clipping at one time, while standard account holders having excellent YouTube history can upload unlimited long videos. YouTube allows the user to upload normal computer, mobile and 3D videos on its site while its default stream is encoded in H.264/MPEG-4 AVC format, with stereo AAC audio.
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