YouTube announced something fairly incredible yesterday: it now has more than 1 billion unique visitors to the site every single month. That's a LOT of people, almost half of everybody around the world with internet access, in fact.

What's even more interesting is how people are reaching the site. A post on Google's AdWords Agency blog took a look at how the current generation, or 'Generation C', accesses content on YouTube, and found that a lot of the traffic is coming from smartphones, as opposed to traditional PCs. When looking at the current generation, they found a 76% increase in smartphone traffic, year-on-year, with only a 33% increase in traffic from desktops.

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With low-end smartphones becoming accessible to more and more people each year, the mobile web is clearly growing at a rapid rate, with no signs of slowing down. The question is, what will be the next website to join Facebook and YouTube in the 1 billion club?

Sources: YouTube, AdWords Agency Blog

John Thompson
John's been addicted to technology ever since he tinkered with his first custom built PC when he was 10 years old. He's also the proud owner of seven Amazon Kindles, but only because he destroyed the first six.

  • John

    O_o. That's pretty freakin insane

  • Cherokee4Life


    I love what YouTube offers the world I just never really go to it. Maybe 1 day out of the month

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  • Matthew Fry

    All it took was someone at Google making a damn youtube player for devices. Watching youtube on mobile 3 years ago was painful.

    • Reginald Spence II

      It still is to an extent because for some unknown reason, a lot of videos fail to play, or skip and stutter all over the place. This is not even on a cellular connection, but on home wifi where it's plenty fast. It's become a PITA to use Youtube lately.

      • Matthew Fry

        Agreed. It's like they restrict bandwidth to mobile devices to around ~40KB/s which is not at all fast enough to play HD. When I switch to desktop mode and watch it through the browser, it plays just fine.

  • Freak4Dell

    That's cool. I'm content in my geriatric state of watching Youtube only on the computer, though.

  • bluevoodo

    Anyone tired of those Zoozk ads on Youtube? They're the worst.

  • Dan

    One billion... great. No wonder YouTube sucks after 5pm.