YouTube defaulting to ‘301+’ views is no more


When a video quickly earns hundreds or thousands of views on YouTube, the view count defaults to displaying ‘301+’ views. There are, of course, many more views than that. Thankfully, YouTube has finally decided to put an end to the ambiguity of ‘301+’ while getting rid of it entirely.

YouTube explained that the view count would automatically stop when surpassing 300 views to check for spam. A few hours later, when all views became validated, the view count would update to reflect how many people (and not robots) watched a video.

Views will now be counted from “real people as they’re recorded” to keep things moving along. Basically, YouTube is implementing a filter that makes decisions quicker than before. The diagram above, which YouTube created to show how the processor has changed, compares storing views in a basket to redirecting them in a pipe.

And we salute you too, YouTube.

Source: YouTube Creators (Twitter)

About the Author: Justin Herrick

Born and raised in New Jersey, Justin is a graduate of Fairleigh Dickinson University where he studied marketing with a focus on digital marketing. He's very talkative and enjoys discussing anything from technology and sports to video games and television. As for Justin's current device rotation, he carries around the Google Pixel and Nexus 9. In the rare case that his phone or tablet is not in his hand, he is either flicking through cards on his Moto 360 (2015) or typing away on the Microsoft Surface Book. Justin is patiently waiting for the day that Google replicates the Galaxy Nexus with modern day specifications.