Ever wonder how certain cat videos get popular?

Okay I know this might seem a little random and it is. I was bored today so I started bugging my cat trying to get it to do something funny ( So I can film it and put it to YouTube).

Anyway my cat is boring so I never did get any cool footage. So I spent the next 2 hours funny catbrowsing cat videos on YouTube ( Instead of working!). What surprised me was that a lot of really bad videos had millions of views, and some pretty awesome videos didn’t even have a few hundred views. Being a programmer I wondered what algorithm was deciding the position of the video. I know Google has an algorithm for search; so I did some Googling and found out there is indeed a search engine algorithm for YouTube, and it’s pretty complex. Here’s a guide on YouTube SEO. After reading the guide I realized two things:

  1. Making a popular YouTube video is a lot more work then just getting your cat to do something funny.
  2. YouTube’s algorithm is extremely advanced, seriously.

Don’t know why I’m sharing this, but thought it was interesting! I’ve never worked on algorithm’s before, but maybe in retirement I will!