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YouTube hits two billion views a day.

YouTube has exceeded two billions views a day as it celebrates the fifth anniversary since first launching in beta in 2005.

The Google-owned video site, released the statistic to commemorate the occasion and has also launched a new channel called: “YouTube 5 Year Channel” which brings together a group of clips from people around the world talking about how the video-sharing service has affected their lives. The videos, collectively called the ‘My YouTube Story’, were filmed by the documentary maker Stephen Higgins.

Five years ago the first beta version of YouTube went live and 18 months later it was purchased by Google for $1.65 billion (£883m) in 2006.

In a rare interview with the press, Chad Hurley, YouTube’s co-founder and chief executive, outlined his vision exclusively to The Telegraph last month: “"People think about the world of TV and the world of online video as being different ways to distribute video. But what happens when every TV is connected to wi-fi with a browser? What does that mean for your distribution opportunities? What happens when those worlds collide and it is just one thing? Instead there is just one world, the world of video, and people everywhere are putting ads against everything and there isn't a difference. There won't be a difference in the future."

Hurley said last week that YouTube was increasingly focusing on showing users what their friends had watched on the site – as a way of improving the user’s navigation experience.

You tube also launched ‘private video’ service, which allows users to publish and share videos with friends on the site without them appearing in public search a week ago

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