Google Updates YouTube to Help Users Find Content More Easily
In August 2013, YouTube celebrated geeks with its first-ever "Geek Week" event that highlighted content, including "Game of Thrones," "The Big Bang Theory," Harry Potter and "The Avengers." The Geek Week celebration highlighted the global community on YouTube that loves superheroes, comics, gaming, science and science fiction. In May 2013, YouTube turned 8 years old, having launched in May 2005 as a video-sharing Website where people could post their creative works and watch to see if they gained any footholds. YouTube's popularity has been huge, with the site receiving more than 100 hours of uploaded video from creators each minute. All of that video content is being created by millions of partners and contributors, some of whom have become very popular through the growing site. Also in May, YouTube announced a new pilot program through which viewers are able to buy premium video content at prices starting at 99 cents per month to reward video creators for their labors while encouraging the development of better video for the huge online audience. Some of the paid content at the start of the pilot included "Sesame Street," as well as "Ultimate Fighting Championship" (UFC), which offers classic fights such as a full version of their first event from UFC's new channel. In March 2013, YouTube announced that it was providing video content for more than 1 billion viewers per month. The popular video-sharing site has helped launch the careers of a slew of entertainers and made ordinary citizens into celebrities, thanks to viral videos.