What Is Considered a "View" in YouTube?

Jul 31, 2008 • 8:34 am | comments (5) by twitter Google+ | Filed Under Other Google Topics

YouTube ViewsEver wonder how exactly Google/YouTube counts a "view" in YouTube? Is it each time a video page in YouTube is opened? Is it each time a video is played? Does "Autoplaybacks" count?

YouTube Anna, an official YouTube representative has confirmed that "autoplaybacks" do not count towards the view count of a video. She said,

View counts are important to the community and are a reflection of the interests and intents of video viewers. Autoplaybacks are not counted toward the visible "views" numbers displayed on the YouTube site because autoplaybacks are not viewer initiated.

It appears that a view is counted only when a user initiates the play feature on the video. That can be at YouTube.com, at a third-party site with the embedded version of the video or in a search result.

Forum discussion at Google Groups.

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Liam Brooks

08/02/2008 06:16 pm

Nice to know partners dont get paid for autoplay :D


09/02/2012 02:21 am

So just touching play counts as a few even if you stop the video 1/2 second later? I think it should be based on reaching a percentage of he way through the video like 85% or something


09/02/2012 02:23 am

*view. Sorry not sure how I mistyped that


02/07/2013 08:09 pm

Wait so if i post a video on my Facebook or Twitter and someone watches the video from Facebook or Twitter it still counts as a view?

Mad Soundman

07/10/2014 04:09 pm

Their algorithm for determining what Youtube refers to as "quality views" is seriously flawed. There are folks all over the web complaining of having their page counts frozen around 300 for weeks, and I personally know of a singer whose video was dropped after receiving close to 5600 hits because they determined they were all fake and had to be from a bot. This is nonsense, the girl is a hot ticket item and soon to be star, they simply can't wrap their CPUs around the idea that anyone could post a video who is not already a known name and get that kind of attention... The video did get reposted, but minus the hit count and is currently frozen at 300 hits.

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