Gangnam Style – that incredibly catchy tune that we all either love or hate – has just broken another record. Not only is it the most viewed video currently on YouTube (in two years it has over 2 billion views), but it has been viewed more often than YouTube could count.
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When the views counter was created initially, engineers never envisioned any video having over 2,147,483,647 views. Nobody thought that it could be done, and Psy’s highly popular song just did it!
As of a few minutes ago, Gangnam Style has surpassed that number by over 15 million views, at 2,163,090,521!
We never thought a video would be watched in numbers greater than a 32-bit integer (=2,147,483,647 views), but that was before we met PSY…
With the possibility that the 32-integer number of views would be broken loomed a few months ago, the counter was updated, so now the maximum number of views has been updated to a 64-bit integer, thus 9,223,372,036,854,775,808 views. Hardly a number you can imagine any other video reaching anytime soon! What would have happened if the algorithm hadn’t been updated? Well, the counter would just stop updating but YouTube would simply continue counting views on its own systems.
The first record broken by Gangnam Style was the 1 billion views mark, which is impressive in its own right. It just goes to show how popular it is (we’ve all heard it at least 100 times whether we like it or not) and of course how powerful YouTube is in terms of media consumption. To celebrate the video’s success in doing the “undoable”, YouTube has added a little easter egg to the current counter – if you hover your mouse cursor over it, you get to see numbers spinning forwards and backwards! Check it out for yourself!
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