YouTube set to change subscriber count display


YouTube set to change subscriber count display
FILE PHOTO: Silhouettes of users are seen next to a screen projection of the Youtube logo in this picture illustration taken March 28, 2018. REUTERS/Dado Ruvic/Illustration/File photo

In Summary

  • YouTube creators will still be able to see the full number of subscribers on YouTube Studio.
  • However, the change is feared to prevent analytic sites such as Rival IQ, Tubular Labs and Social Blade from monitoring whether channels are gaining or losing subscribers.
  • Social Blade announced that YouTube's changes might affect their display.

Video-sharing platform YouTube has announced that it will change how the subscriber count is displayed on creator’s channels.

Through a blog post shared by YouTube’s product team on Tuesday, the company said that the change will take place in August this year and it affects channels with more than 1,000 subscribers.

Currently, the subscriber count is displayed differently depending on whether one is using YouTube on the web platform or the mobile platform.

Sometimes YouTube displays  the full number of subscribers (e.g. 6,788), while in others it shows an abbreviated figure (e.g. 6.7K, 125K, 4M).

Under the new changes, YouTube will display an abbreviated tally across all platforms, a move which it says seeks to “create more consistency everywhere where [it] displays subscriber counts”.

YouTube creators will still be able to see the full number of subscribers on YouTube Studio.

However, the change is feared to prevent analytic sites such as Rival IQ, Tubular Labs and Social Blade from monitoring whether channels are gaining or losing subscribers.

Social Blade announced that YouTube’s changes might affect their display.

“Upon closer look, it might affect our data display,” said the company in a Tweet sent on Tuesday.

The move comes just a month after it was reported that Instagram is considering rolling out a feature where the number of ‘likes’ photos get on the platform is only visible to the person who posted it, in order to “reduce pressure on Instagram”.

 

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