R.I.P. The 301st Viewer - YouTube's Fixing Their Most Famous Quirk

8 August 2015, 19:37 | Updated: 17 July 2017, 12:11

We the Unicorns

By Liam Dryden

In its ten years, YouTube has evolved in so many different ways to become the video-hosting powerhouse that we know and love today. But amongst all the changes, and the bugs, and their fixes, one odd little feature has stood unchanged for many years.

Yep, the infamous "301+ views": where a video that is pulling in at least a couple thousand views in its first few minutes will count up to around 301, only to sit unchanged at that number for an hour or so.

Despite popular opinion, this isn't a glitch - for years, this has been YouTube's way of dealing with any spam views that a new video may get upon release. But effective immediately, the "under 301 club" is about to be disbanded.

Yep, YouTube have figured out how to process the accurate view count of a video, in real time, without any pause for count. Which means that if you are the 301st viewer of a video, you genuinely are the 301st viewer. While this is great news for creators who want to get a more realistic idea of how fast the views of their new uploads are climbing, those that engage with YouTube in slightly different ways are in mourning.  


But of course, there are those who are a little bit less sensitive about the change.


Are you going to miss the 301 club, or is it finally time for YouTube to move into the future? Let us know in the comments.