YouTube Video count stuck at 301? Here’s why…
When ever a video on YouTube is being watched, the view count gets incremented. But, it may be seen that the view count freezes when the number of views reach 301. And then, it gets incremented to higher numbers after half a day or so. However, the number of likes or dislikes for the same video tend to outnumber the number of views. An explanation for this mismatch between the number of views displayed and the number of actual views, and about what YouTube actually counts as a view is much sought after. But since there has not been any official explanation from YouTube, there have been many theories and assumptions circulated by technophiles, until recently, the Numberphile techno brain Brady Haran set out to find a proper answer for this, from YouTube analytics project manager Ted Hamilton.
Mr. Hamilton said that this happened because of a YouTube site code which prompts to display the view count, includes a less than or equal to sign and hence the number 301. But, sometimes, the view count stops at 306 or 310. This happens because of multiple view prompts entering the server at the same time. When asked about what YouTube counts as a view, Mr. Hamilton said, that was a YouTube secret, which could not be revealed. He also added that the views meant money to YouTube, and that once the number of views reached 300, the views were counted manually, and then the correct number of views would be uploaded. And this process takes nearly half a day. YouTube does this manual check of the number of views to find out whether the views were bot-driven or legitimate views, and to stop video trafficking and other video scandals.
Since this code was written by the erstwhile YouTube coders, team YouTube has not made any changes to it. But, as of today, the Google YouTube team can bring a better code together,that actually can solve this problem of views.