YouTube Working To Fix Buggy View Counts From January

By Megan O'Neill 

youtube viewsIf you’ve been keeping an eye on your YouTube Analytics over the past few weeks you may have noticed some out-of-the-ordinary things, from spikes in mobile views to lower-than-average video views.  These irregularities may have been due to a bug, which YouTube is working to fix over the next few days.

YouTube reported the following last night on the YouTube Creators blog:

“You may have noticed a spike in views from mobile devices on Jan. 11-15, 2013.  That was a bug on our end, and we’re going to fix that today on the video page, and you’ll see the correct view counts in YouTube Analytics over the next few days.  You may also have noticed that some of your video views look low for Jan. 25-27, compared with the number of comments, shares, and likes on your videos.  That was due to a one-time error in how we verify legitimate views, and we’re going to restore those views over the next several days.”

Additionally, you may have noticed a change in the number of channel views on your account.  This is not due to a bug, but rather to a change in the way that YouTube is displaying channel views.  Previously, YouTube counted all of the views of all of your videos, including videos that may have racked up views prior to being made private or deleted.  Now, channel views will reflect only the total views of videos that publicly available on your channel.  YouTube says this is “to make this less confusing to viewers.”

Have you noticed a change in your video views or channel views over the past few weeks?  Let us know in the comments below.

Megan O’Neill is the resident web video expert here at Social Times.  Megan covers everything from the latest viral videos to online video news and tips, and has a passion for bizarre, original and revolutionary content and ideas.