My Video Went Viral. Here's Why

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    VeritasiumVeritasium

    Dauer: 23:43

    My hypothesis is that the algorithm, rather than viewer preference, drives views on the site. As the algorithm shifts, various DE-filmrs experience burnout (as what used to work no longer works) and right now click-through rate is the key metric. So clickable titles and thumbnails are the only way to get a lot of impressions and hence views - they are the only way to go viral. This leads me to wonder which audiences will become most prevalent on the site and if there will even be a place for educational content. In the long-term, hopefully DE-film is able to measure satisfaction through surveys and other metrics to ensure an optimal experience for everyone on the site.
    Flipchart artwork by Maria Raykova
    Filmed by Raquel Nuno
    Thumbnail by Ignat Berbeci

Dee10
Dee10

WELL SAID!!! and its not wrong per se. you are just being dynamic as a business. The market just needs to come to a constant.. .which as we know ... never occurs

Vor 2 Stunden
Pranjal Parashar
Pranjal Parashar

some harry potter fans who are bad at spelling!!!

Vor 4 Stunden
Nasdaq trader
Nasdaq trader

Views are allocated to the absolutely longest absolutely highest watch time absolutely highest CTR videos at an EXPONENTIAL RATE. Now think about that! The Youtube algorithm is COMPLETELY driving and allocating views and not the other way around. ALLOCATING views - that's the keyword! And you should use the example of Pavlov's dogs...I just want to list the video lengths of the videos that re recommended to me next to THIS video: 14, 14, 1h12, 16, 12, 21, 12, 28, 13, 11, 26, 9, 11, 9, 21, 40, 10, 13, 12, 8, 6, 35 Here's the dates these videos were created: 2019, 2019, 2019, 2019, 2019, 2019, 2019, 2019, 2017, 2017, 2015, 2017, 2014, 2019, 2016, 2018 etc. You get the IDEA!

Vor 6 Stunden
Tool Jockey
Tool Jockey

It has gotten to the point where I won't click videos with click baitey titles because I relate them with bad quality, I always have to tell myself to make an exception for Derek because his videos actually pull through!

Vor 10 Stunden
Hope This Helps
Hope This Helps

I love the way you presented this. Felt like I was in college again. Great video.

Vor 10 Stunden
Ceasar Dr
Ceasar Dr

audience looking for educational videos usually subscribe and go to the specific channel and check earlier content if they are satisfied, then ring the bell after reaching to a level of confidence about the expected quality of that channel, at least I do it that way. anyhow nice video and keep up the good work.

Vor 11 Stunden
Mark Bisson
Mark Bisson

I don't ring the bell because I don't want all that email, "So and So just uploaded another video". But I don't want to miss your videos because I learn so much from them. I'll go ring Destin Sandlin's, Mark Rober's and Scott Manley's channels too, for the same reason. You are forgiven for using "clickbaity" titles because I find your videos often live up to the expectation that it's good. 🔔🔔🔔🔔

Vor 11 Stunden
luipaardprint
luipaardprint

Pretty cool that the commercial before this video is for a service improving your thumbnails 😂

Vor 11 Stunden
Joey Carousel
Joey Carousel

You need to keep going because we love your content very much!

Vor 17 Stunden
Chris Hammock
Chris Hammock

The algorithm sucks. I get the same uninteresting drivel that is totally boring to me as a specific person. I want to be told when new Veritasium and other quality content comes online. I want to be told when MY KIND OF VIDEO drops. I would be willing to move to a different video provider if they were more "quality of experience" driven instead of "let me grub as much cash, as quickly as I possibly can"... Understand this.... that you have GOT to keep working toward your passion and not toward shoveling content out the door to click-bait your audience. I"m a teacher and I have lessons wrapped around your videos and if you produce drivel, I will have to go to your peers for content. Stay true to your roots. I know you do not want to have to stop being a youtuber, but you must play the long game and if that means numbers (and income) go up and down, then so be it. Examples from my lessons created: most radioactive places on earth- BEU is a beautiful concept in a world of confusion. do cell phones cause cancer- scientifically sloppy thinking is very very bad. Again, thanks so much for the quality of your content. I saw your vitamins video is on Amazon? If I can watch it from Amazon, I am so totally there. Hope that gives you a slice. Looks very good. fish created the vikings! what madness! who knew!

Vor 18 Stunden
mhhndeable
mhhndeable

I hate YouTube algorithm, watched some videos from certain channel, my recommended videos will be flooded by videos from that channel. Same as topics too.. Definitely comparable to netflix.. Boo

Vor 20 Stunden
natureallmighty
natureallmighty

Thanks for the insight into the back end of the industry. I respect your dedication, Pretty Derek! Got here from the Hello Internet podcast, I love your channel!

Vor 23 Stunden
Chuck Raymond
Chuck Raymond

Consider leaving YOUtube, put your content on your own website. Google is an advertising company, they are motivated to maximize the total number of eyeballs, even if it is not for the greater social good.

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Rykahnz
Rykahnz

What you missed here in this video is that the algorithm does vary from person to person and substantially so. I hate the typical clickbaity tubers like Mr. beast for example. These guys are huge but YT literally never serves me up their stuff I only know about them because I found them through word of mouth or comment and I look it up. What I wish for though is that just like evolution there would be randomization thrown in I'm surprised that they still don't seem to do this at all. How can I find something that I will be strongly drawn to that I don't know yet about and will have a lot of watch time in if the algorithm doesn't throw me random videos here and there and instead keeps me in my sphere of interests only.

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Phap Bui
Phap Bui

this sucks, the youtube system works on click bait stuff

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Nil Wang
Nil Wang

This presenting way is so amazing! You are wonderful. I am willing to watch all of your previous videoes, but I have no time doing this. However, I hope I could sticking on watching your videoes to learn English and other interesting things. Bonding your major and interests is so marvelous. Congrats! Wish you get better as you like.

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Jim Gutenkauf
Jim Gutenkauf

I learned about the bell and why it ought to be rung. Rung +1.

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Ryan Carter
Ryan Carter

So many bikini pic thumbnails, even in subjects you would not expect. Talk about going after people's baser instincts. Wish it were not true, but so it is.

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sarahieda
sarahieda

11:49 but why? How did they came with that conclusion?

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Sharal 3D
Sharal 3D

This was like different but one hell of a video

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Michael Beee
Michael Beee

What really sux is that a simple search with 4 words - author and title, doesn't actually show that video, but completely unrelated @#$@@@@!!!!! As well, I forget what I want to watch, so I subscribed and then they disappear, unless I remind myself, ahhhh long time I have checked on that. The bell sux as well, because then I get that flood of notifications and emails. #bellsuxs, #sad #algorithmsuxs. It comes to: Don't entertain me, I choose what entertains me! That's the competitive advantage of youtube. Otherwise, I just watch TV. And before somebody says Netflix, it has the same problem!

Vor 2 Tage
Pedrum Sd
Pedrum Sd

Year 0 - 2019: Kids do not judge a book by its cover Year 2019 - Singularity: Kids do not judge a post by its thumbnail Year Singularity - Universe Extinction: 01100110 01110101 01100011 01101011

Vor 2 Tage
Adriyel de los Reyes
Adriyel de los Reyes

Very informative as a new youtuber. Thank u for sharing.

Vor 2 Tage
Nivlek
Nivlek

I think this was brilliant! Thanks.

Vor 2 Tage
Akash Priya
Akash Priya

Don’t hate me please but He made a viral video and made another video to brag about it. Edit: good video though

Vor 2 Tage
kayGW Beats
kayGW Beats

I needed this thank you 💯

Vor 3 Tage
NOMAD
NOMAD

At 17:54 it's interesting you mention this because i used to watch you alot more. Guess that algorithm toys with me too. indeed i watched the black ball video and yea, that's about the time it began to recomend you to me again. So i was just watching the tennis racket video and thought, "this is a really good video with so much info, research, editing he must be only putting out a video a month or so at best. So i came to your home page and was surprised by how frequently you upload such meaty content. That's a lot of work but we can tell you love it so win win. So can you make a video that has a super clickey thumbnail and title about density? the densities of objects like neutron stars. Is a black hole the most dense thing? And why do we call them holes? 🤣 is there a maximum density and can only gravity pull particles tight enough to form a singularity, or are they always formed from the energy of a supernova, does it shred all the atoms for a moment allowing it's collapse to form a newer and tighter, more dense object out of the particles flailing about to regain some form? Right after a supernova would the fabric of spacetime maintain that spherical shape of a star which is actually what smashes those particles back down? Seems they should shoot out for ever but there must be some ultradense mass remaining to suck it all back in again and at least prop up the fabric of spacetime long enough to suck it all back in. I have an idea for the title, "Then Density did THIS!" And just make the thumbnail a girl applying makeup or something.

Vor 3 Tage
First name Last name
First name Last name

damn now I know he really ballin. he can get COLORED PRINTOUTS

Vor 3 Tage
Art Photo
Art Photo

Who wouldn't love videos about snails... I know I would... Thanks for this, got a new subscriber.

Vor 3 Tage
Dr. Pizza
Dr. Pizza

screw it i rang the bell, least i could do

Vor 3 Tage
Kenny Kerman
Kenny Kerman

It's ironic I didn't view the viral one (I knew the answer), but I love this one. Superstition in pedagogy is extremely important. Also: you forgot the audience following the producers :) Chaotic cycle through a random landscape... Your best clickbait is a good question. So quality becomes also a "marketing" criteria.

Vor 3 Tage
troubl3gum
troubl3gum

that's why I only use the "subscriptions" although I've heard about YT wanting to filter this section too.

Vor 4 Tage
Jim#jazz Moto
Jim#jazz Moto

This is great video tutorial amazing you inspire me to keep going and make it possible

Vor 5 Tage
MerryMustu
MerryMustu

"The algorithm becomes the content" is a great example of Goodhart's Law.

Vor 5 Tage
Maya Lee
Maya Lee

This was SO incredibly helpful, informative, and I loved the visual aid. Thank you :)

Vor 6 Tage
Dreamer Ballena
Dreamer Ballena

1 Like = 10 New Hugs

Vor 6 Tage
Patrick Brett
Patrick Brett

I detest Click-bait, it's the main reason why I've been only watching video's from my subscriptions while looking for an alternative platform. The moment Youtube added that damnable bell it broke the way we used to see videos, now people who want to see everything their subscriptions make they should click the bell or just go through their subscription channels and see what they have made through all time. I've found some great content on channels I have been subscribed to by trawling the channels, video's that the algorithm never told me about so I don't rely on the algorithm to tell me what to watch!

Vor 6 Tage
AtomAyPlay
AtomAyPlay

Are my videos not clickable?

Vor 6 Tage
VirtuallyFonz
VirtuallyFonz

I LOVE all the time toy took to make this presentation. There's something aesthetic about having you show us on paper than creating graphics. Amazing.

Vor 6 Tage
Drill SEO
Drill SEO

Very good Video

Vor 6 Tage
SOUTH EAST ASIA GOING ASTRAY
SOUTH EAST ASIA GOING ASTRAY

WHY DO I KEEP SEE THE SAME "RECOMMENDED FOR" YOU VIDEO CLIPS OVER AND OVER DAY IN AND DAY OUT?

Vor 7 Tage
Ramata
Ramata

Hmmm. Interesting rant. Well done. I don't click any bells for anyone. I just look up the channel that I want because I don't want bells going off all day on my phone. Plus my tastes change, with time. I watch you because you're referred to in many of the science channels I watch. I find your high quality videos wonderful. But I am not going ring a bell for anyone. Bad metric. I watch your videos all the way through, so I hope that helps you out. Being a subscriber is just not good enough for Google? That's a form of dedication and should be enough. I will try to walk away to let the sponsor run through to end. That's the best I can do. I am not Pavlov's dog.

Vor 7 Tage
Ten Second BuickGN
Ten Second BuickGN

I have a video that went viral and it was totally by luck. I recorded it on a cell phone with literally ZERO preparation!

Vor 7 Tage
Ace Of Spades
Ace Of Spades

I know what will be next based on what i am doing to make condensed information on topics i am interested in. 1) I creating different channels (entities) for different purposes. This channel is for Youtube education 2) I do follow recomendations of advanced experts on topics and doing PRE research to follow. I had the same thoughts as you and i have digged deeper and if you want i can have a chat with you to show 3) Youtube CAN solve my problems by giving me a chance to sort out my playlists in order to RUBRICATIONS so i can assign my own and assign channel to those rubrics so i can observe a rubric on whats new fast 4) I do listen for educated experts and this is not what majority of crowd are doing. THis brings us to a question. Do we pursue quality of audience as a CORE of channel or we pursue the quantity. THe majority unstable and they do not know what they want and there they will be so their preferences are shifting. This tells us that Youtube algos chaces the majority most of the time. 5) Algo will be forced to move from quality to quantity back and forth as with growing of numbers of clickbates, watching time will start to fail. So you need to rebuild fast too from quality to clickbates with the algorythm. 6) In order to do this you need INDEXES of youtubers who doing content of high quality and youtubers with clickbate. Once numbers of clickbate will rise high from low quality youtubers to the point than watching time start to fall - it is time to shift to quality. Once the opposite - you shift to clickbate 7) Youtube will notice these and will create index or currency so we will be able to trade it and pay for content 8) For now you need to promote videos in 2 styles depend on situation with clickbate and quality / watching time index 9) Also you need to build your channel around CORE audience which is reach and stable and i twill be SPINE or PIVOT of your channel. Also you need meat. So you can provide a LOWER quality content to a majority with clickbate. Also you need to establish payments for core audience in order to support channel while meat is in charge. 10) If you want to know which types of content you can create - lower quality and higher quality and reduce the producing time and be in touch with your brand contact me )))))

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mhe. Productions /not producing/
mhe. Productions /not producing/

* cringe * :/

Vor 8 Tage
mhe. Productions /not producing/
mhe. Productions /not producing/

* cringe *

Vor 8 Tage
Frederik Miller
Frederik Miller

doesn't this reflect the outside world and advertising. the worst junk has the best looking packaging.

Vor 8 Tage
Paper Origami
Paper Origami

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=09Ow46FFtXU

Vor 8 Tage
Gardentastic
Gardentastic

Thanks for the visuals! Your rant seems to be hitting the iceberg on the head! 👍🏼 good job!

Vor 9 Tage
Jeb Fahlgren
Jeb Fahlgren

Let the users tweak thier own algo in settings.

Vor 9 Tage
Catulum
Catulum

*U N P O C O D E T O D O*

Vor 9 Tage
THE WALK AROUND THE WORLD TRAVEL VLOG
THE WALK AROUND THE WORLD TRAVEL VLOG

Very nice!!! Thanks a lot!!! ✨🙏🏻😇🌠

Vor 9 Tage
Paulo Sebresos
Paulo Sebresos

Just to clickbait us too bad

Vor 9 Tage
CaptainKyler
CaptainKyler

I've watched you since you started your channel. Good presentation. I can see the frustration in your eyes. The hardest part about YouTube is that overnight, they can just decide to delist you...because it's their platform and you agree to their terms. I look forward to the day where content isn't subject to just one platform: where your content is truly yours and you decide where to syndicate it. Hopefully PBS calls you and just takes your content to put into seasons next to Bill Nye.

Vor 9 Tage
Nani S
Nani S

Nice presentation! Just make videos with great contents, be consistant and get people to view them like and subscribe. The End.

Vor 9 Tage
SouthsideCIP
SouthsideCIP

Funny you mentioned the “recommended videos” with CTR because there’s a lot of times none of my recommended videos seem interesting to me at all so I have to leave and scroll through the main page again until I find something interesting. Cool video tho tbh I don’t know why I clicked It and even watched the full thing when I was wanting to watch Car Reviews 🤣

Vor 9 Tage
COIN COLLECTING FUN
COIN COLLECTING FUN

Like 189K!!

Vor 9 Tage
Pedro Marin
Pedro Marin

I think this is the best analog presentation I have seen in my life, I had to pause the video to add it to the favorite list to use it as guide someday at the university. Also I care not If you use clickbait as long as you really have content, I hate not when I see a clickbait, I hate when I see a clickbait without proper content

Vor 9 Tage
David Andersen
David Andersen

During all of this you didn't talk about YOU. You are the product. People click on your videos for many personal reasons, but they do so out of habit. That seems important to me.

Vor 9 Tage
fake hood
fake hood

Good sir

Vor 9 Tage
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swap subscribe👉. im fast

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