For quite some time, YouTubers and users alike, have been frustrated by the algorithm behind calculating the amount of views a specific video has. Yesterday, YouTube revealed that the frustrating counter of “301+” was explained, as well as changes that will be put forth.
The YouTube Creators Google+ page and Twitter page posted an infograph of how the views counter worked before, as well as how the new views counter will work. Previously, the reason why viewers would see the 301+ was because view needed to be verified as a real view, and not just a bot or anything of that nature. Then after a few hours, the actual view count would be shown.
Now, YouTube is relying upon their experience and will go through the various “fake views” and remove them from the counter. These stats won’t be updated in real-time, meaning you can’t watch a video on three different devices and see the counter go up. However, you won’t have to wait for hours to see an updated views counter.
This isn’t the most earth-shattering change, but it’s cool to know exactly how YouTube came to the 301+ conclusion, and that they are trying to update things a bit quicker than before. Let us know what you think about this little change to YouTube, on top of the new video player UI that was released this week?