“We never thought a video would be watched in numbers greater than a 32-bit integer (=2,147,483,647 views), but that was before we met Psy,” admitted a blog post from the official YouTube Google+ account yesterday. Yes, as Psy’s horse-dancing video for ‘Gangnam Style’ nudged 2.2bn views, it broke YouTube’s system for counting video views, which was put in place in the days before such a total seemed remotely possible. ‘Gangnam Style’ has been viewed so many times we had to upgrade to a 64-bit integer (9,223,372,036,854,775,808)!” A total surely unsurpassable by an individual video in the near future, unless the next Star Wars trailer features Psy, Grumpy Cat and Kim Kardashian’s bottom.

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