We always knew that PSY‘s “Gangnam Style” was a huge hit but we certainly didn’t expect it to be of this size! The worldwide phenomenon took the term “gargantuan” to a whole new level 2 years ago when it took the world by storm, infecting people with its gallop-y dance moves. Now, it seems that the sensational viral song has broken the Internet once again when it busted YouTube’s video views counter.
According to YouTube, “Gangnam Style” has now chalked up more than 2.15 billion times, the equivalent of one-third of the world’s population, although PSY has long since retired promotions for the song.
But the problem was that YouTube designed its counter with what is known in computer science as a 32-bit integer, meaning that the maximum number of countable views was 2,147,483,647. It has been watched so many times they were forced to upgrade their system to a 64-bit integer because it effectively busted their video views counter.
That means the next video to break YouTube will have to be viewed more than 9,223,372,036,854,775,808 times aka 9 sextillion views. The company shared on their Google Plus:
Who or what is going to be cray cray enough to break the 9.22 billion views mark? We’ll see 😉