Psy’s ‘Gangnam Style’ Video Breaks YouTube Counter
We were pretty sure that at this point in time, everyone had seen the insanely popular music video by Psy for 'Gangnam Style.' But it looks like we were either very wrong, or the song and video have such fervent fans that they continue to view it over and over again, years after the video first broke records and sparked a thousand parody videos. Either way, it looks like the popularity of the video caused the YouTube counter to break down completely.
The video, which was first posted online in 2012, went viral almost instantly and has since been viewed over 2.15 billion times. According to YouTube, they never expected any of their videos to be seen so many times, and thus their systems were simply not prepared to handle the view count. They said in a post on their Google+ page: "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)!"
Basically, YouTube was forced to upgrade their view count capacity from 2.15 billion views to, well, a number we didn't even know existed before today. Our favorite part of this? If you hover over the counter on the official video, it goes crazy -- signifying 'Gangnam Style's' enormous impact.
If you're one of the seven people who have somehow not yet seen 'Gangnam Style' -- or if you're just a huge fan of the crazy fun video -- you can check it out above, and contribute even more views to its broken counter.