leaf-it said: In relation to the video posted about how youtube ranks videos based on minutes watched, Do you think a system in with the percentage of the video watched was valued higher than the actual amount number of minutes the person watches, would be a better system? Also, there's a channel called 5secondvideos that does a bunch of really short videos ranging from 5 seconds to about 2 minutes(most of them, about 90% are around 9 seconds), how does youtube handle videos that are so short?
Minutes watched makes a lot of sense from a business stand point. If anything I think it’s very unlikely we’ll ever see that change as it’s the most profitable structure. It would be nice to see percentage watched possibly integrated into the suggested video bar or even search results. But it’s unlikely because it all come back to wanting to keep users viewing content for longer periods of time.. Which animation doesn’t really provide. Saying percentage watched is a solution isn’t really all that accurate, as the reason minutes watched is so important to YouTube, is that the longer the video the more advertisements can be run on it.. Pre-rolls, mid-rolls, end-rolls, banners and even side bar ads. Any content that can deliver this, they want to be seen more often than the content that can’t. It’s not that YouTube is trying to kill short form content on their website, it’s just they likely didn’t think how the system could affect popular quality short form content.