While most online Americans have watched or downloaded a video on the internet (69%), a much smaller — but growing number — have uploaded a video themselves. A 2009 survey found that 14% of internet users have uploaded a video to the internet so others can watch or download it, up from just 8% in 2007. The growth of social networking websites like Facebook and MySpace have contributed to both the growth in viewing and to uploading of online video. In fact, roughly as many video uploaders put their video on a social networking site (52%) as shared their video on a dedicated video-sharing site such as YouTube (49%). Far viewer uploaded their video on a news website (12%) or blog (10%). More video uploaders say they place no restrictions on who can watch their video (50%) than say they “always” restrict viewership (31%). Four-in-ten uploaders have been surprised by the number of people who watch their videos, and 28% say sharing videos online helped them meet new people. Read More

Russell Heimlich  is a former web developer at Pew Research Center.