YouTube have announced they’ve removed the algorithm that freezes play counts at 301+.
The 301+ view count, which locked viewing figures at the mark if video traffic surged in the time after being uploaded, has been removed. In its place, a new algorithm will account for views in real time.
To announce the change, YouTube released an infographic that further explained the new system.
Overall, YouTubers have been reacting to the news in a light-hearted manner.
— Creepy Dungate (@ScarfDemon) August 5, 2015
So. Farewell then, 301 views on YouTube. “THIS VIDEO HAS 1,452 LIKES, BUT ONLY 301 VIEWS?!?” we bleated… Nevermore. pic.twitter.com/nDs4H4VHT0
— Benjamin Cook (@benjamin_cook) August 5, 2015
#RIP301+ the anticipation of discovering how few of my subscribers have actually seen my videos will now be replaces by perpetual sadness.
— Jazza John (@JazzaJohn) August 5, 2015
YouTube recently announced the release of the Diamond Play Button for channels that reach 10 million subscribers.