YouTube has just announced some startling new figures: two days worth of video are uploaded every minute to the service, and it’s now achieving 3 Billion views per day.

The figures coincide with the Google-owned service’s sixth birthday. 48 hours of video uploaded every minute is a 37% increase over the last six months and 100% over one year ago. 3 Billion views per day, meanwhile, is a 50% increase on last year.

YouTube’s continued growth, detailed in the rather small infographic below, shows how online video’s importance is still on the rise. YouTube itself is in the process of expanding its brief, with the recently launched live streaming service (currently only for pre-approved partners), sport coverage and an expanding movie rentals business.

YouTube continues to hold fast as the leader in online video. Providing it can make a success of its expansion into new areas, it won’t be at all surprising if its usage stats climb ever higher over the next year.