Psy’s Gangnam Style broke YouTube view counter (video)

Psy’s Gangnam Style MV broke the YouTube view counter. Before this incident, Google could not imagine a YouTube video could go past the view count of a 32-bit integer (2,147,483,647 views). They realized they were wrong apparently. Gangnam Style that was uploaded 2 years ago had reached this tipping point causing errors on the counter.


A fix seems to be in place now as it is now at 2,153,415,824 view counts. And not only did Google fix this YouTube view count, it even enhances it. Hover your mouse over the view and magic will happen (ok, not so much on the magic part).

Here is a statement from YouTube on Google+:

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)!

This morning, I watch the Gangnam Style again and I am still enjoying it. This might be the reason why so many people are still watching it.

Never thought that a 2 years old video is still addictive. Kudos to Psy and the production team for coming up with such interesting MV.