YouTube view count reaches 2 billion limit with Psy's Gangnam Style

YouTube is massive with over a billion people logging on each month. Besides watching videos those visitors are now loading about 100 hours of video a minute to the site.

To make sure the new content is not infringing copyright, YouTube checks the equivalent of 400 years of footage each day against a database 25 million copyrighted works and earlier this month Psy's Gangnam Style broke another record for having reached more views than YouTube could count.

When the service launched in 2005 over 2 billion views for a single clip seemed like plenty, but less than a decade later it proved too small.

The new number is 9 223 372 036 854 775 808 which if you wanted to read it out is.

nine quintillion
two hundred and twenty-three quadrillion
three hundred and seventy-two trillion
thirty-six billion
eight hundred and fifty-four million
seven hundred and seventy-five thousand
eight hundred and eight

Choosing a 64 bit integer might not seem like much more than the previous 32 bit integer but this is what it means.

Gangnam Style was first posted on 15 July 2012 which gives it an average views per day of 2,4 million. Assuming it continued to grow at that pace, YouTube would only need to update the counter again in 10 and half million years.

You might think Psy is a YouTube one hit wonder, but he has three videos with more than 500 million views and the gap between his most viewed video and Justin Bieber's Baby in the number two spot is over a billion views.

Don't feel bad if your YouTube contributions were not as successful, the majority of YouTube videos don't manage to get more than 500 views.

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