But if YouTube is not profitable or barely profitable, can I simply point out that if YouTube has 13 million users, the price is between $115 and $154 a user. Does anyone think that Google—ubiquitous, pervasive Google—can win those customers for a lot less?
Is YouTube's Chad Hurley the next Mark Cuban? Broadcast.com was acquired by Yahoo for the user base and look how that worked out. In social media, audiences are incredibly fluid and fickle, and it is a mistake to think of them as an asset.