March 11, 2011

YouTube Hangs Out The ‘Help-Wanted’ Sign

YouTube, which can put anyone into the spotlight, is itself becoming a star, at least when it comes to hiring employees.

"2010 was a bang-up year," Jeff Ferguson of YouTube human resources team said in a blog post. "And in 2011, we plan to grow the number of people working at YouTube by more than 30 percent!"

Since being founded in February of 2005 by Steve Chen, Chad Hurley and Jawed Karim, YouTube has made it possible for anyone to shine in the world's spotlight. An average of 35 hours worth of video are uploaded to YouTube each minute and 2 billion videos are watched daily at the website, according to Ferguson.

Most of the new jobs will be at its San Bruno, California headquarters. There are also openings in cities including Milan, St. Petersburg, Tokyo and Zurich and include openings in advertising sales and engineering, Reuters is reporting.

YouTube's help-wanted signs are going up on the same day as AOL Inc. announced cuts of nearly 20 percent of its workforce following its takeover of Huffington Post. Google bought YouTube in 2006 for $1.65 billion but the search giant has never separated out financial data to show whether the video site is contributing meaningfully to Google's profits.


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