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Youtube is 5 years old this week, and on today's programme Alice and Louay talk about the success the site has enjoyed and the controversy it has faced.

According to statistics from ReadWriteweb.com, Justin Bieber's video for Baby is the most popular video ever on Youtube with an amazing 410 million views!

As well as official music videos and channels, the success of Youtube is owed to its viewer generated content and the idea that you can 'broadcast yourself'.

Anyone can become and overnight sensation!

This was certainly the case with Susan Boyle as Alice explains in the programme. The star of the TV reality show 'Britain's Got Talent', earned worldwide popularity when a clip of her audition for the show was put on Youtube.

The clip went viral! This happens when users share the site's content by sending links to their friends and suddenly it is being viewed all over the world.

In the programme we hear from Aleks Korotski who is the Guardian newspaper's oline technology writer. She says that the funny clips are the ones which are the most memorable.

They are successful because they lighten people's days. She mentions some clips that have been viewed a gazillion times and become a phenomenom overnight.

Over the years Youtube has also faced its fair share of criticism for being controversial.

There have been many uploads of innapropriate material and people were questioning what was acceptable in this new format.


What do you think about Youtube? Do you have a favourite clip?

Share it with us in English!

."لاستخدام هذا الملف لابد من تشغيل برنامج النصوص "جافا"، واحدث الاصدارات من برنامج "فلاش بلاير

يمكن التنشغيل باستخدام برنامج "ريال بلاير"، او "ويندوز ميديا بلاير

controversy جدل

overnight sensation! يصبح نجما بين عشية وضحاها
اه

Britain's Got Talent برنامج لاكتشاف المواهب في بريطانيا

went viral انتشر بسرعة فائقة/ حقق انتشارا واسعا

lighten people's days يثير البهجة في حياة الناس

a gazillion times مليارات المرات

Phenomenom ظاهرة

Controversial مثيرة للجدل

acceptable مقبول

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