Gangnam Style Broke YouTube's View Counter

Gangnam Style fell out of the public eye a while ago (thank god) but people haven't stopped watching it. It's been seen so many times that it actually broke YouTube's view counter, in the nerdiest possible way by busting the code behind the scenes.


As the YouTube Google+ page explains, the video stalled out at 2,147,483,647 views, the maximum number that can be held by a 32-bit integer slot. YouTube's developers just never expected something to get that high, just like the programmers who wrote Y2K vulnerable code never thought they'd have to worry about the year 2000.

As of now, Gangnam Style's count looks to be heading ever upward, so it seems YouTube has fixed the problem and gotten ready for even higher view counts. But it still leaves the important questions of who the hell is still watching Gangnam Style and why? [Google+ via FactMag]


Eric Limer

Bonus fun fact: According to some Google+ers, the viewcount is that low because YouTube uses (or at least used) a signed int for viewcounts, which means that technically YouTube videos can also have negative views.