Psy Breaks YouTube: Gangnam Style Surpasses Max Views On YouTube, Forces Move From 32-Bit To 64-Bit [VIDEO]
Move over Kim Kardashian. Your photos were noteworthy but there's a new contender for #BreaktheInternet. Psy's "Gangnam Style" has been viewed so many times that it has surpassed 32-bit integers had had to go up to 64-bit. That's an impressive feat. Buckle up, we're about to get hella-nerdy up in here because we're going to explain why.
When most people talk about 32 and 64-bit anything they're either A, trying to figure out which program to install on their computer or B, reminiscing about old school video games (remember when we made that jump from 32 to 64-bit and how amazing that was? That's for another article at another time) but the bits in this case have to do with how high the system can count, so to speak.
Generally, sites like YouTube are safe with just a 32-bit integer because it gives you a massive count, well over 2 billion. However, the collective memory of the Internet made "Gangnam Style" its personal anthem and continued viewing the video well past this number. In order to accommodate the larger amount than normal views, YouTube had to switch to an integer count that would allow the larger number. Hence, 64-bit.
The counter currently sits at 2,152,681,105 but if you hover your pointer over it, you're in for a math nerd treat. I won't ruin the surprise for you but if you're not into math or computers, it won't be that exciting, so don't get your hopes up.
Watch the "Gangnam Style" video by Psy below and be part of the problem!