‘Anti-K-Pop’ YouTube Algorithm Change Applauded by Japanese The recent YouTube algorithm change made huge waves among Japanese netizens when it was announced on October 12. The change, which involves the formation of search rankings based on how long viewers watch a video rather than the number of times a video link is clicked, has seen netizens welcoming the decision as an ‘anti K-Pop’ strategy. In particular, the new search algorithm caused Korean rapper PSY’s viral video ‘Gangnam Style’ fall out of the top 100 and into YouTube oblivion, much to the delight of some netizens. However, some have pointed out that YouTube’s recent innovation may result in preferential treatment of longer videos, while shorter videos will not gain much viewer attention since they will not be prominently displayed on the site. From Livedoor News: YouTube System Changes, PSY’s ‘Gangnam Style’ Drops from Number One to Outside the Top 100 Videos, Korean Media Doesn’t Report This It is understood that YouTube search results have been changed so that rankings are no longer based on the number of reloads but on the time the video was watched. According to the Korean media site BLOTER.NET, on October 12 Google explained that the algorithm that decides video search results, recommended videos, and related videos, has changed. Until now, the higher the number of views the more prominently a video was displayed, but from now on this will be decided by the amount of time a video is viewed. They explained that the reason that the algorithm was changed:The YouTube video search system was based on the number of clicks[...] However, recently viewers have become concerned, and this led to a situation where videos with a high number of clicks were given preference over those that were being appreciated enjoyably by viewers.Due to the system being changed, screens and titles that were made in order to incite more clicks have become fewer, and the content of the video is being focused on. It is also highly likely that this will reduce meaninglessly clicking on links just to increase the click-count.MOAR!!!! http://www.japancrush.com/2012/stor...e-algorithm-change-applauded-by-japanese.html-------------------------------------------- I don't know what long-term effect this will have for viral videos on YouTube but it seems like a good measure to prevent automated link clicking. Is that good? Depends on who you are, I reckon. ED city mob members will be delighted, nevertheless, by the apparent "racial" motivation of a sampling of Japanese people to applaud this change. Those clever Koreans have been foiled once again!