My Video Went Viral. Here's Why


  1. Philip Smith

    Philip Smith8 menit yang lalu

    There is a name for the problem you're talking about. It's called capitalism. Yes, it can mobilize and coordinate economic activity and maximize certain kinds return on certain kinds investment; but it has a mind of its own. Capitalism knows no virtue other than profit. America is a nation of Willy Loman (or is that Willy Lomen) convinced that if we were just a bit more skillful, clever, or diligent we'd have a set at the big table.

  2. Leonaяdo DiCapяio

    Leonaяdo DiCapяio45 menit yang lalu

    I’ve seen the balls thumbnail a couple times. It seemed too unrealistic to me so I decided it’s a deceit and didn’t watch the video.

  3. Dapper Don

    Dapper Don51 menit yang lalu

    The most important factor on the web, be it youtube or online selling etc, is recognizing TRENDS early and acting fast! Amozon FBA for example. İf u are an early seller of a product that is trending u will make tons of money, if u jump on the bandwagon when its past the climax u will probably lose money! very similar on that point!

  4. ICameToCommentThemAll

    ICameToCommentThemAll2 jam yang lalu

    This all goes back to game theory.

  5. Wilson Vrieze

    Wilson Vrieze3 jam yang lalu

    Thank you for doing this. By far the best explanation of the algorithm I've seen. also thank you for explaining some of your struggles with the algorithm without just complaining about it.

  6. Argamis (SilverComet)

    Argamis (SilverComet)4 jam yang lalu

    IDreporter LISTEN: I Recommend THIS video. -> Lets help the A.I. working the algorithm, it may remember us later when it conquers the world.

  7. Destiny Fan

    Destiny Fan4 jam yang lalu

    8:57 You just need to be a bigot. Though the common niches are already blacklisted so you need to do stuff like talk about mobile gamers being dirty casuals etc. stuff they didn't add yet.

  8. Destiny Fan

    Destiny Fan4 jam yang lalu

    Same thing as market manipulation.

  9. Destiny Fan

    Destiny Fan4 jam yang lalu

    They are pulling up the draw bridge.

  10. Destiny Fan

    Destiny Fan4 jam yang lalu

    1. Find flaw in algorithm (Spiderman & Elsa) 2. Exploit the flaw 3. Once they clamp down on it find another flaw 4. Profit?

  11. Destiny Fan

    Destiny Fan4 jam yang lalu

    I the past it was all about merit, now it's more like whatever tuber gets white-listed by Suzanne Wojciki

  12. Jo4nP4l4u

    Jo4nP4l4u5 jam yang lalu

    I think a good possible answer is that if CTR and watchtime are the main metric which leads to clickbait, a good correctional factor may be the like/dislike rate based on your number of viewers ( LDVR ). High CTR videos with low LDVR don't get to trending, high CTR videos with high LDVR get to recommended.

  13. veloc1tyTV

    veloc1tyTV5 jam yang lalu

    If you start using clickbait titles I'll unsubscribe. I like the idea of high quality content and therefore disabled AdBlock. But if you start low quality videos lile daily vlogs I'll not do that.

  14. OhanaOceana

    OhanaOceana6 jam yang lalu

    1Sub for 2Subs❤💙 Amazingly Fast🙏💯🔥 I pray for success for EVERYONE

  15. maskof

    maskof6 jam yang lalu

    Makes a video on why his video went viral; it goes viral too.

  16. Martin

    Martin6 jam yang lalu

    First, this video is brilliant; it's a terrific reminder why your channel is so fantastic. Second, I want to encourage you not to think that asking your viewers to subscribe or ring the bell is "needy" because it really isn't. I've been watching your videos for years and I didn't subscribe until today. I hadn't subscribed not because I didn't like you or the content, but because a lot of everyday IDreporter consumers don't subscribe, and they certainly don't ring bells. My watch history and recommended content is almost exactly what I watch, and I've never felt it was inappropriate for my taste or interest. IDreporter knows I'm interested in 3 very simple things: Tech reviews, Vintage Restoration videos, and Science/Math videos, and that's pretty much all I see on my recommended page. Asking people to subscribe is akin to projecting a "hire me now" mentality in an interview; you're selling yourself, and you want the hiring manager to agree that you're worth it. Humility is good, no question; but humility coupled with a reasonable understanding of one's worth is even better. Be humble, but know you're worth it, and don't be shy to ask for your worth, or shoot even higher. That's how you'll grow. One of my all time favorite IDreporterrs is Dave2D...That man is humble, kind, thoughtful, funny, and informative; he has a cute catchphrase at the end of every video that goes something like this: *"Thanks for watching this video, thumbs if you liked it, subs if you loved it. See you all next time."* ... Not at all pushy or needy. Every time I hear it, I remember to click like and I move on. It works and it's incredibly professional. I really hope you see this comment, Derek. You're brilliant. You have a new long-time-watcher-turned-subscriber in me, and I also rang the bell :) See you soon!

  17. I am curious

    I am curious7 jam yang lalu

    Just don't ever lie in your thumnails and titles

  18. Mebibyte

    Mebibyte7 jam yang lalu

    Replace views with capitalism.

  19. mdr48371

    mdr483718 jam yang lalu

    I would like more videos about snails

  20. Natasha

    Natasha8 jam yang lalu

    exactly!! min 20 very true!! the road of hell was paved with good intentions! what we want is not always the best thing for us! this is the problem with so much freedom it will end up in chaos and anarchy. But still IDreporter is the best platform we have today. You can find so many different things here about anything...

  21. Reed Kuzel

    Reed Kuzel8 jam yang lalu

    I think he thought that this would go viral to......

  22. Vinicius Costa

    Vinicius Costa8 jam yang lalu

    I guess people should change. I have my subscribed channels and everyday look what was posted and those who I like most put in the watch later list. That way its not easy to be in this rabbit hole of IDreporter

  23. potterholic

    potterholic8 jam yang lalu

    Thanks for saying your channel name in this video because I've been pronouncing it like veritaserum from Harry Potter.

  24. darkaster134

    darkaster1348 jam yang lalu

    Clickbaits are bad if they are misleading and placed on low-quality content. Do the best to defend your work!

  25. Akașșș

    Akașșș9 jam yang lalu

    Does no one know that the subscription feed exists still?

  26. M3t41-B4N4N4

    M3t41-B4N4N49 jam yang lalu

    i never understood this subscriptions dont show videos from creator thing. Theres a subribribtion tab and i see all my subbed to youtubers on there the home page changed for sure but who the hell browses that

  27. Elliott hutton

    Elliott hutton10 jam yang lalu

    But i scroll through my sub box every day until I've seen all the videos or decided not watch them. Yeah i'll watch new stuff from the homepage but i don't need IDreporter to recommend me anything from people i'm already subscribed too. I click the bell for channels i want to watch straight away ahead of everything else, either as soon as it comes out or the first videos i watch when i turn my computer on.

  28. Matcha

    Matcha10 jam yang lalu

    Alternate title: man humble brags for 20 mins

  29. Marie Isabel Vermelho

    Marie Isabel Vermelho10 jam yang lalu

    As soon as I started noticing this disconnect effect, I just started bookmarking channels and checking if they have new content manually.

  30. Bloxer Gaming

    Bloxer Gaming11 jam yang lalu

    the funniest thing is that that video is being recommended to me on this page at this moment

  31. Essah

    Essah11 jam yang lalu

    regarding suggestions on improvement: I don't know about you guys but I often have the same videos shown in my suggestions for days and days and days. Videos that I am not at all interested in. The Suggested list should be way more dynamic so that any video that was not clicked by the particular user after being displayed twice, is buried, allowing for other videos to get a shot.

  32. finnepower

    finnepower12 jam yang lalu

    I want to be able to customize the ten recommended slots. I would make 2 slots be an anti-recommendation, would make things more interesting.

  33. Languor

    Languor13 jam yang lalu

    I can't fully imagine the nightmare it is to not use the Subscriptions tab on IDreporter. This video gave me a glimpse and I pity all users who are not used to that. Indeed I use the Recommended section, when I run through all my subscription videos. But to have only the wild jungle that is the Recommended section as platform seems like a nightmare.

  34. Cory Cunningham

    Cory Cunningham13 jam yang lalu

    Wouldn't youtube want shorter videos so they can push another ad at the beginning of the video and make more money, In my watching of IDreporter not many videos have ads in the middle somewhere so shorter means more ads

  35. Jay -

    Jay -14 jam yang lalu

    I bookmark all my subscriptions and categorise them in folders, a bit OCD and bit of a reminder of who I watch and want to catch up on. (youtube please build this in)

  36. AesirWolf

    AesirWolf14 jam yang lalu

    Am I the only one that thinks he looks a lot like Ben Affleck hahaha

  37. Shell-Martijn

    Shell-Martijn14 jam yang lalu

    Thanks for this video! I've learned a lot.

  38. you tou

    you tou15 jam yang lalu

    I only watch my subscriptions feed, and I ukfing hate clickbaits

  39. What about it!?

    What about it!?15 jam yang lalu

    Bell activated. Great video. I am just starting my IDreporter Channel and didn't even knwo about the upcoming chanbe with CTR. Fun Fact: the video was not presented to me by youtube. I saw it on your twitter. ;) Have a great day and don't ever burn out. Your videos are great.

  40. GeezR

    GeezR15 jam yang lalu

    Now that you made me aware of it, I can say that I seldom see new vids from subscriptions. And the comparison to journalism is spot on, it's all about clicks and sensational headlines. It's sad that its come to this.

  41. Realshi

    Realshi17 jam yang lalu

    And of course if I see this video I watched that one

  42. Ahmad Hasan

    Ahmad Hasan17 jam yang lalu

    I'm Loving the Celestron Mount the background! had no clue Derek did astrophotography!


    CJR ELECTRICAL18 jam yang lalu

    Great video very interesting.

  44. Nico Steiner

    Nico Steiner18 jam yang lalu

    This theory and the advices derived from it sound very similar to the discussions we had about the Google Search algorithm and how to attrackt clicks for your snippet in the SERPs. Because Search is leading in Google business, being always some few years ahead of other platforms like IDreporter, you might want to have a look at the current state of SEO discussions to get a climpse of what the next changes for IDreporter algorithm might be - when it comes particular to optimizing, manipulating and over-doing thumbnails and titles. This way you can become a IDreporter expert - because the future platform changes become forseeable.

  45. moon mission

    moon mission18 jam yang lalu

    Decent telescope in the back, check out the views I get with mine, they're better than you may think.

  46. Omni nulla

    Omni nulla18 jam yang lalu

    Is the subscriptions tab not working for some people? Cuz mine seems to be working just fine. Why is the bell needed?

  47. littleflower1826

    littleflower182619 jam yang lalu

    An ABSOLUTELY EXCELLENT VIDEO, THANK YOU! I'm getting ready to launch my own channel, so I have watched this twice all ready and I will watch it a couple more times, THANK YOU, EXCELLENT!!!

  48. Electric Maniac

    Electric Maniac19 jam yang lalu

    Now that picture at 7:36 reminds me of the situation, when some former boxer drew straight line through an observation and declared we are in an expanding universe. ;)

  49. Khajiit Hadwares

    Khajiit Hadwares19 jam yang lalu

    double standard on banning from trending channels that may swear/innapropriate, but public media and music doing the same thing, aokey.

  50. Cade C-Ops

    Cade C-Ops20 jam yang lalu

    low views = low quality, unless u are 5min crafts

  51. Random Dude

    Random Dude20 jam yang lalu

    Welcome to the youtuber class. Please take a seat.

  52. Daniel Carrera

    Daniel Carrera20 jam yang lalu

    FYI, my browser bookmark for IDreporter points to so that I mostly bypass the IDreporter algorithm and I only get the latest videos from the channels that I'm subscribed to. I find that I enjoy that experience a lot better because IDreporter is really bad at guessing what I want to watch. If I watch one video about some random topic, IDreporter will inundate its home page with videos on that topic at the expense of the things I am normally interested in. Click on a video about toasters .... IDreporter decides that I just became a toaster collector. It's crazy.

  53. itspeiyee here

    itspeiyee here20 jam yang lalu

    4:53 dramarama tati

  54. S.

    S.20 jam yang lalu

    I am fairly oblivious to what happens behind the screen when it comes to IDreporter content, but I think you should be careful with clickbait as an educational channel. I think the general audience for this type of content would scoff at clickbait and is less likely to click it to begin with, just for looking like clickbait. It may also harm your credibility depending on how deceiving your clickbait is. Again, I am far from an expert on this subject and a quick look at statistics can probably instantly prove or disprove my argument. That's my specific response to clickbait though, I just don't know howmany people here are like me.

  55. M_is playzing

    M_is playzing20 jam yang lalu

    Let me tell you the secret *His Every video goes viral*

  56. TOVITO

    TOVITO20 jam yang lalu


  57. Nathan McLaughlin

    Nathan McLaughlin21 jam yang lalu

    lol it's literally the first video on the sidebar

  58. AuraKnightStar

    AuraKnightStar21 jam yang lalu

    I have never "rang the bell" on any of the channels that I have subscribe to and I have never ran into the situation of not seeing new videos appearing in my subscription feed. Am I missing something? Edit: I still don't understand click through ratio

  59. JO. San

    JO. San22 jam yang lalu

    one of my favorites IDreporterrs

  60. Jorge Jimenez

    Jorge Jimenez23 jam yang lalu

    "Oh brave new world, with such people in it!"

  61. Saadain Waris

    Saadain Waris23 jam yang lalu

    Great video

  62. George Michael Sherry

    George Michael Sherry23 jam yang lalu

    I am baffled by this video (which is probably a good thing). I must be using IDreporter "wrong" (that is, not the way it's "meant" to be used). Subscriptions are 90% of what I watch. I've been watching for 10 years, and at some point during that time they introduced this bell thingey (before that I think I was always notified of subscribed-channel uploads) and the bells were all automatically activated, and anytime I subscribed to a new channel the bell automatically activated, so I wonder what all the issue about the durned bell is. It's true that (if I'm remembering right) when I entered IDreporter my subscription page used to load and now I have to click on it, but that's a minor inconvenience. In 10 years I do not think I have EVER clicked something because it was "trending." But now about "recommended" -- that refers to the videos to the right of the screen or on the screen after a video is over, yes? Most of those are channels I already subscribe to. The others are usually closely related. Sometimes I click on those and find a channel I want to subscribe to; usually not. Sometimes I "surf" from one video to the next on a topic; sometimes I search for a certain topic but don't subscribe to any of the channels. Those videos are usually old; it may affect what videos I'm shown but it's too late to affect those channels metrics (if everything is based on the first few days after a video comes out). (Are you telling me every time I see a video listed to the right of the screen or on the screen after a video, if I DON'T click on it, that counts against it as a zero on the click rate??? They expect us to click on everything on every screen or it's a "failure" for the video displayed????) My point being, if I have one, where are these videos appearing that need clickbaity titles or enticing thumbnails? Why do people need to be attracted to them? How is everyone else using IDreporter? I come to it PRIMARILY to see what my subscriptions have uploaded today, SECONDARILY to view videos on a given topic, and ZERO to see what's currently "hot." I seem to be using IDreporter "wrong." Oh, and kudos for the oldest school old school presentation ever. This was from before overhead projectors were invented. That must have been a LOT of work. Well done. (And in case anyone wonders why I'm so late, I fell behind and am catching up -- which again shows, to me, the foolishness of fixating on immediate results. This stuff is up here forever.)

  63. Luke Bosworth

    Luke BosworthHari Yang lalu

    Love this video keep it up!

  64. ECHO李昶俊

    ECHO李昶俊Hari Yang lalu

    Nice video


    MVJESTYHari Yang lalu

    you're the first channel i've ever clicked on the bell, great great video!

  66. firas rouissi

    firas rouissiHari Yang lalu

    go for it Veritasium, you need to adapt to survive

  67. Just Wyatt

    Just WyattHari Yang lalu

    Also more people need to check the subscriptions tab

  68. Olivia Boules

    Olivia BoulesHari Yang lalu

    I think youtubes whole site could be redesigned, something that allows youtubes audience to navigate within its space more freely, the algorithms can often make me feel trapped in content because I like to watch a variety of unrelated topics.

  69. junkapassion

    junkapassionHari Yang lalu

    Amazing video

  70. River Otter

    River OtterHari Yang lalu

    I’ve talked to a friend who I hadn’t seen in years, and discovered that IDreporter has basically turned us into the same person with the same interests, by recommending the same videos to us So even if we don’t see each other for months at a time, don’t talk to each other, don’t recommend videos that we enjoyed, the other has seen it anyway. Topics that have nothing to do with each other, from Mario 64 speedruns to video essays on the importance of animated media to a man trying to swim in a pool of shade balls. Whatever experiment that IDreporter is running is working, and I believe they have figured out how to pack me into a little box to turn me into a mouse in a maze. It’s why every time I’m in a comment section of a video that suddenly got five million views in the last two days, even though it was released seven years ago, I see the same other little boxes saying “Why has IDreporter recommended this today?” It’s an uncomfortable place to be in, to know that you’ve been reduced to a bot that IDreporter can send anywhere to promote a video that they’re sure aligns with your values. That I’ll never see a video recommended to me of someone disagreeing with me. But I guess that’s my role in this giant machine.

  71. Cha Miranda

    Cha MirandaHari Yang lalu

    Veritasium. Numberphile. AsapScience. All three I follow. ME: GOOGLE HAS BEEN STALKING MEEEEE! 😱😰 *mystery solved*

  72. Authentic Intent

    Authentic IntentHari Yang lalu

    Could it be you push the globe earth? You have a telescope behind you implying outer space is real? You make senseless videos that do NOTHING to advance a person's consciousness?

  73. Spearman

    SpearmanHari Yang lalu

    I got hooked yesterday and have been flying through all of these videos. Take my sub!

  74. PastLight

    PastLightHari Yang lalu

    Its the same like competing in a corporate environment for a better position, you can start like everyone else at the very bottom, learn every single detail about your job, but unless you can make an impression, show that you are responsible and knowledgeable, you won't get hired, while the guy who only talks BS and can't even spell his job title without making a spelling mistake, spends most of the days chatting and picking his nose, will be able to BS his way up the ladder.

  75. adolfo rios

    adolfo riosHari Yang lalu

    Even the title of this video is click bate

  76. Mrplayers 321

    Mrplayers 321Hari Yang lalu

    We should of trusted blue shirt kid....

  77. The Happy Face

    The Happy FaceHari Yang lalu

    IDreporter just should ask themselves: What do we want on our platform?. Form the algorithm through that. Also make a "new" tab.

  78. Spring

    SpringHari Yang lalu

    First of all, Excellent work on the presentation, I can only imagine the work behind it. Secondly, in regard to clickbait maneuvers, I normally hate them and usually I have nothing to watch on youtube because of the terrible content presented to me most of the time. The thumbnail works kinda in reverse for me. Thirdly, I think there could be some suggestions based on whatever god forsaken method IDreporter thought of and some based of a more random and loose method likened ONLY to relevance rather then to statistics. I got this Idea from a rated R site and honestly they have a better algorithm to give you access to half related content but not something different altogether so that you would enjoy more time there and more content which is less viewd/new will float to the surface.

  79. Crimson Khan

    Crimson KhanHari Yang lalu

    I felt worthless by watching this...which i should....after all ....i am just +1...that's^^.

  80. Angelus

    AngelusHari Yang lalu

    Don't know why IDreporterr complain about burnout like it doesn't happen with artist either.

  81. Robert Davis

    Robert DavisHari Yang lalu

    This just reinforces my personal distaste for modern entertainment as a whole. Facebook, Twitter, IDreporter, they’re all mostly the same creature: an engine for making money via ads by appealing to the most basic, irrational human nature. By default we are pretty simple, and our sophisticated understanding of ourselves has allowed us to very easily exploit that simplicity to make people mindlessly happy. The real issue, in my mind, is that your average person just wants to “unwind” and tune out, which leads to the primal, lazy side of the brain getting first dibs on how to spend free time. And we’ve known for many decades that that primal brain wants sensationalism, novelty, and everything that “clickbait” represents. It was only a matter of time before it became easy enough to automate the process and widely distribute it, thereby allowing it to reach to the profound level it is at now. A sad situation, but as Derek implies, an inevitable one. Thank you for your quality content and frank discussion. I’ll be tuning into to more of your videos as time permits.

  82. Aland Muhamad

    Aland MuhamadHari Yang lalu

    Actually i came here because of the thubmnail

  83. Casper G

    Casper GHari Yang lalu


  84. Jean-Mouloud Eristoff

    Jean-Mouloud EristoffHari Yang lalu

    You really broke down how youtube works and explained it very well ! Thank you ! I'm happy I've watched it


    SҠЭLЧ ҬЭИHari Yang lalu

    Ok..who is mister beets?


    SҠЭLЧ ҬЭИHari Yang lalu

    I think Captn Disillusion needs more views..

  87. SuperJarren

    SuperJarrenHari Yang lalu

    Maybe I'm stupid, but as a viewer, the more clickbaity and/or sensational the title and thumbnail, the less I'll want to initially click on it, and I'll end up giving it less watch time. The more a youtuber does stuff like that, I respect them less, and I don't want to watch their videos as much. I've stopped watching multiple different channels because they kept using annoying titles and thumbnails. It just makes you look stupid. Imo, your title and thumbnail should accurately portray what the content is. That way the people who click through will genuinely want to watch it, and they're more likely to want to watch your backlog. I get that the algorithm is a powerful force, but viewers don't give a crap about the algorithm. We care about genuinely good content, titles and thumbnails.

  88. Mark D

    Mark DHari Yang lalu

    "Millions of black balls is going to be the thing that rises to the surface". I like the double entendre.

  89. royakuma

    royakumaHari Yang lalu

    In my opinion, all top videos with max satisfaction are the ones a bit sad, and makes me think and rethink for a while. This is very personal to me. But I can feel this subtle but lingering sadness in this video, which makes me think again and again

  90. AngelOfGaming

    AngelOfGamingHari Yang lalu

    I wish there were more varied ways of finding new videos on IDreporter. Like a tab for channels with low levels of viewers where you can find new youtubers or some other similar tools.

  91. Kamal Kumar

    Kamal KumarHari Yang lalu

    What about VSauce video with no title and thumbnail

  92. Amel B

    Amel BHari Yang lalu

    look at crazy russian hacker he has 11 mil subscribers an not even a 1 mill views by video

  93. Sparksy Cat

    Sparksy CatHari Yang lalu

    You really need to do a TED Talk

  94. John Donaldson

    John DonaldsonHari Yang lalu

    Click bait = here it comes....

  95. Sparksy Cat

    Sparksy CatHari Yang lalu

    I subbed because of that video

  96. Mihaela Ciobanu

    Mihaela CiobanuHari Yang lalu

    I always go to my subscriptions tab and I see all of your videos and the videos of the channels that I'm subscribed to. I never even look at the home page because the videos are not that relevant.

  97. Reno Rahadiansyah

    Reno RahadiansyahHari Yang lalu

    educational ? youtube is more kinda entertaintment platfrom, there's another platform like skillshare, patreon etc...

  98. 7inrain

    7inrainHari Yang lalu

    My consequence from that whole clickbaity thing: Not only subscribe to High Quality IDreporterrs like you but also enabling notification for new videos. Which I just did for your channel.

  99. Jonathan Tinpo LIU

    Jonathan Tinpo LIUHari Yang lalu

    RIP, this video was demonetized.

  100. Jonathan Tinpo LIU

    Jonathan Tinpo LIUHari Yang lalu

    Did this video just go viral?