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YouTube may well be one of the best business decisions Google has ever made. The video sharing site actually was created by a trio of PayPal workers in 2005. In late 2006, Google picked it up for a mere $1.65 billion. That's maybe not quite as much money by today's standards, but at the time it was a huge deal. But it paid off.

Consider: According to Google, more than 1 billion unique visitors use YouTube every month. Some 100 hours of video are uploaded to Youtube every minute of the day. It pumps out hundreds of millions of dollars in revenue for its partners. And YouTube means anyone can become a publisher. Anyone can share their world in video, almost instantaneously. You can upload directly from a phone, if you'd like. And with the advent of Google+ and Google Hangouts, you can now use the power of YouTube to communicate your message live, in real-time. It's a free, portable broadcasting studio. It's used by dignitaries. Mothers. Fathers. Families. Students. And more than 6 billion hours of video are watched on YouTube each month.

Not bad for a decade's worth of work, eh?

And, yes. YouTube is home to many a cat video. Because what's the Internet without cats?

While you're here, be sure to subscribe to our YouTube channel!

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Three new Nexus 5 commercials highlight popular camera features

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New YouTube comment system integrated with Google+ now available

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Youtube updated with a few simple changes, no full changelog just yet

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Youtube comments to be powered by Google+ going forward, curated and sorted for you

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YouTube to get some sort of mobile offline viewing starting in November

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LG announces the G Pad 8.3 in YouTube teaser

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Big YouTube app update brings new UI features

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Google and Microsoft fight over Youtube app, again

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Help us reach a YouTube milestone!

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YouTube for Google TV gets updated with a whole new homescreen UI

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YouTube launches paid channels, aims to provide richer content

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Be sure to check out (and subscribe to) our revamped YouTube channel!

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YouTube broadcasting more MLB content for international viewers

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YouTube gets 'My Subscriptions' feed and One Channel branding in latest update

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