YouTube’s view counter wasn’t prepared for ‘Gangnam Type’

YouTube's view counter wasn't ready for 'Gangnam Style'

In 2012, South Korean singer PSY took the world by storm together with his “Gangnam Type” music video, which ultimately became an excellent, mega hit and an general web sensation. Alongside the best way, the video additionally turned the primary one ever to get to 1 billion views on YouTube, a quantity that hasn’t stopped rising since being reached. Talking of which, the Google-owned service revealed that “Gangnam Type” pushed the unique view counter to its limits, a lot in order that it stopped counting at one level. “We by no means thought a video can be watched in numbers larger than a 32-bit integer [2,147,483,647 views], however that was earlier than we met PSY,” YouTube said in a weblog publish.

Moreover, due to what number of occasions PSY’s video has been watched, YouTube says it needed to improve its view counter to a sixty four-bit integer (9,223,372,036,854,775,808) — so it appears prefer it’ll be some time earlier than one other video is common sufficient to “break” issues. Within the meantime, and for the sake of enjoyable, hovering your desktop clicker over the “Gangnam Fashion” counter on YouTube’s website will make it present a bunch of random digits.

[Image credit: Associated Press]

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