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YouTube hits 35-hour per minute milestone

Google's YouTube team has unveiled a fascinating factoid about its video-sharing service: the company is receiving upwards of 35 hours of video footage every single minute.

The figures - which equate in length to around 176,000 feature films every week - show the scale of YouTube, which has become the de facto standard for sharing video on the Internet for both companies and individuals.

Hunter Walk, YouTube's director of product management, explains the staggering amount of video the service handles in the following way: "If three of the major US networks were broadcasting 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year for the last 60 years, they still wouldn’t have broadcast as much content as is uploaded to YouTube every 30 days."

YouTube's latest statistics show how rapidly the service is growing, with Google having announced back in March that 24 hours of footage was uploaded every minute. Despite the appearance of rival services, from the Twitter-oriented TwitVid to the addition of video functionality to photo-sharing services such as Flickr and Photobucket, it's clear that YouTube is on to a winner.

Now if only Google can work out some way to make it profitable...