Irish are a nation of YouTube addicts – 1.1m hits a day
Google VP and chief internet evangelist Vint Cerf and Google global ads chief John Herlihy
An interesting factoid put out by Google’s global head of advertising John Herlihy during a Vint Cerf roundtable is that the Irish punch above their global weight when it comes to downloading material on YouTube.
"YouTube.ie is currently running 1.1m hits a day, for a population of just 4.5m people that's an incredible impact from a science point of view," Herlihy told journalists.
Google employs more than 2,000 people in Ireland and in recent months unveiled plans to build a US$75m data centre in Dublin.
YouTube, which just celebrated seven years in existence, currently sees more than 65 hours of video uploaded every minute and about three-quarters of the material comes from outside the US.
Chad Hurley, Steve Chen and Jawed Karim founded YouTube in San Francisco in 2005.
Google acquired YouTube in late 2006 for $1.65bn.