How does Youtube decide that a video was "viewed"?

If a video is 5 minutes long and a viewer watches for 10 seconds, will this be counted as a view?

  • Mighr be more relevant on SuperUser or ServerFault?
    – stib
    Oct 12 '17 at 3:43
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    @Stib - this would not be on topic on either SuperUser or ServerFault. It would be on web apps, but I think it is very on topic here too. It's asking about how the view count in a major video distribution system works.
    – AJ Henderson
    Oct 12 '17 at 13:35
  • @AJHenderson@Stib Thanks for listening. I already asked this question on the other sites. I was really undecided.
    – LCarvalho
    Oct 12 '17 at 16:18
  • @LCarvalho - I will point out that generally speaking, you should pick one site to post it on, not post the same question on multiple sites. If the question doesn't have other quality issues, it can be migrated to the appropriate location and having the exact same question multiple places just spreads out answers and makes information harder to find and makes migrations more complicated.
    – AJ Henderson
    Oct 12 '17 at 16:22
  • @AJHenderson I understand your question, but generally when I need to migrate my question to those who have this privilege, many do not conclude.
    – LCarvalho
    Oct 12 '17 at 16:25

YouTube now have a Creator's Academy and I think they answer your question in this video: Why Subscribers Matter Basically, it matters how long a video is watched, this is measured. But a single view means a single "opening" of the video itself. (E.g., I can produce two views in a few seconds, but this won't matter so much to internal metrics other than views' count.)

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