Number of views of Psy's "Gangnam Style" forces Youtube to reset counter
Flix Friday, January 16, 2015 - 05:30
The News Minute| December 4, 2014| 2.13 pm IST A post by Youtube on its Google+ profile which read "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. "Gangnam Style" has been viewed so many times we had to upgrade to a 64-bit integer (9,223,372,036,854,775,808)"! "Hover over the counter in PSY's video to see a little math magic and stay tuned for bigger and bigger numbers on YouTube. Ã¯Â»Â¿ The video which was uploaded in July, 2012 Â has over 2.15 billion views and has broken the counter limitations set by Youtube, so Google had to build a new one only so that could fit in the ever-growing viewers. According to a report on Slate, the counter used by Google earlier could only display integers up to 2^31 Ã¢â‚¬â€œ 1 or 2,147,438,647 which was assumed to be safe number of expected views on Youtube. As the number of views for PsyÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s Gangam style continue to increase, Google decided to add an extra feature and can be seen if you hover the mouse over the view counter.