My Video Went Viral. Here's Why


  1. Kelvin Chiu

    Kelvin Chiu9 jam yang lalu

    For the first time last year, I attended a IDreporter meetup in London. I kid you not, for the entire hour I sat there, all they talked about was "the algorithm". Over an hour in, someone finally asked "who's on IDreporter for fun?" and only myself and one other put our hands up. I was and still am so disappointed and sad. The community and culture has grossly changed. And I don't blame them, I totally understand it... IDreporter has turned into an entertainment platform, rather than a creative one. IDreporter prioritizes audiences over creators - because audience brings advertising and advertising brings $$$. What ends up happening? People are making videos for their audience, not for themselves. And as you've so greatly presented and summarised, this is why many "content creators" are sadly burning out.

  2. yeldawashere

    yeldawashere11 jam yang lalu

    so what is the matrix?

  3. winner winner

    winner winner12 jam yang lalu

    jinu title in korean he wont get that trending T_T he should have named his title sexy

  4. Northstar America

    Northstar America14 jam yang lalu

    This video is informatively intriguing. I was not expecting the depth in your artistic measure how you explained everything, but it makes sense. I appreciate your time and effort with how you put it together. I learned something valuable here!💯

  5. Carla Ferraccini

    Carla FerracciniHari Yang lalu

    Well... as long as you deliver the click bait in the video, it's fine

  6. Carla Ferraccini

    Carla FerracciniHari Yang lalu

    Algorithm rewards the videos I hate the most?! the 1h videos about nothing?! Now i'm mad

  7. The Audio Family

    The Audio FamilyHari Yang lalu

    This was quite interesting

  8. Lucas Wang

    Lucas WangHari Yang lalu

    lmao mr beast is the goat

  9. Dean Rehder

    Dean RehderHari Yang lalu

    I watch and enjoy all your videos. I think YT's motivation is dubious at best. I have subscribed to your channel on LBRY and get regular notifications of new stuff. I believe if you keep producing quality videos, you will get the views you deserve, ie people truly interested in the subject matter, and not because of the click-bait thumbnail. Thank you for putting in the effort.

  10. Colten H

    Colten HHari Yang lalu

    “Statistically you are ignorant of everything on IDreporter” I love this channel

  11. Gaarp Kobayashi

    Gaarp KobayashiHari Yang lalu

    Wow! That was awesome video Ve! You nailed the topic!!! Thank you! ...your channel is the only one among dozens I'm subscribing I just HIT THAT BELL for! Really well done:)

  12. Susanta Mahakud

    Susanta MahakudHari Yang lalu

    No doubt your videos have the content which will last for ever. I wish IDreporter find some mechanism to identify and parameterize such contents so that they have certain priority to come above/top. If they are not doing so, soon it is going to become a junk yard. ... Regarding this particular one, I have never thought the flip chart presentation could be so interesting and interactive. I understand the time and effort you have put behind the same. I have seen many of your videos. But this is the one will there in the mind & heart for years. When ever I will speak to my colleague and friends I will ask them to watch this video to know 'How beautiful flip charts could be'. Excellent work. Your dedication is reflecting.

  13. shruti seth

    shruti seth2 hari yang lalu

    go for it...

  14. DesolateTree

    DesolateTree2 hari yang lalu

    Maybe rather than having one whole audience, form an algorithm that can change for different viewer types. I have a select few creators that I want to see all content from. Some (probably most) people use it to find the newest sensational videos. The current algorithm seems to be geared for the latter, as that's where the money will be made for IDreporter. That being said, I think most of the complaints are coming from the slower paced folks like myself, who want a consistent experience when getting on the platform. Maybe an algorithm can use more metrics to determine suggestions for an individual, and then increase viewer retention and satisfaction for more people rather than only going for the majority.

  15. Glenn Krieger

    Glenn Krieger2 hari yang lalu

    Derek is a naturally good speaker in his own right. However, kudos to Maria Raykova who made the diagrams and flip board for Derek to use. The combination of the two didn't disappoint. Great info. Eye opening.

  16. Troy McCormack

    Troy McCormack2 hari yang lalu

    Derek, there comes a point where we get so many notifications in life that they no longer serve their intended purpose. Ive enabled notifications solely for Veritasium. Your content has always been of consistently high quality, and I cant think of a more deserving person to receive my viewing time. Keep up the awesome work.

  17. cloud9land

    cloud9land2 hari yang lalu

    I rang the bell 👍🏻

  18. TyrellFM

    TyrellFM2 hari yang lalu

    You are blowing my mind!

  19. My Son's Mother

    My Son's Mother3 hari yang lalu

    You left off something important at the end. The difference between the clear bell and the filled in black bell. The clear bell only showed subscribers some of your videos. The filled in bell shows all videos to that subscriber.

  20. EozTheNew

    EozTheNew3 hari yang lalu

    The bell gives me a desktop notification every time a new video is uploaded, yes? That's not what I want. What I want is a list, in reverse chronological order (newest to oldest) of all videos uploaded by all the channels I'm subscribed to. This already exists: IDreporter URL /feed/subscriptions and now I've checked the channels individually to confirm, 100% of their videos end up on my subscription feed. NOT the front page, which is defined by algorithms, but the reverse chronological subscription feed. If we want to change how IDreporter operates for the better, stop using the front page! Start doing the hard work, as viewers, and actually search for videos, give every video a fair chance whether it has 5 views or 5 million views. Sticking only to the popular videos forces IDreporter to change things up through the algorithm, which in turn encourages content creators to "game" the algorithm, which makes the experience more frustrating and less transparent for viewers.

  21. PairedPrototype

    PairedPrototype3 hari yang lalu

    So far, I haven't actually subbed because I felt it was pointless as YT decides what it wants to show anyway, and somehow I keep seeing your videos and enjoying them, so... I'll give your bell a tickle, sir o7

  22. Chris Allington

    Chris Allington3 hari yang lalu

    There is one other way besides the bell. Be a selective viewer. By now, the algorithm has learned that some viewers are less reachable by clickbait. Every Veritasium video is suggested to me, because it is one of the few things I will watch. Be a selective viewer, and IDreporter will release you from clickbait prison. A few years ago, I would ignore entire screens of thumbnails and type in searches, trying to think of less common names for things I enjoy. For example, I would type holography instead of hologram. The algorithm pretty much just shows me my subscriptions now, and suggests new channels.

  23. Wat'onsed Lee

    Wat'onsed Lee3 hari yang lalu

    This leads me to wonder how IDreporter algorithm arranges comments.

  24. Tea with Liya

    Tea with Liya3 hari yang lalu

    Recommended for you (as I'm watching the video): why are 96 million black balls on this reservoir? The algorithm really does decide what we watch. And the clickbait - I don't like it, you don't like it. But we've got to do it if we want to win on this platform

  25. Flat ED

    Flat ED3 hari yang lalu

    Going viral: this is what humanity has come to.

  26. Yimen kanj

    Yimen kanj3 hari yang lalu

    am I satisfied? YES. Thank you

  27. Feo Kozmin

    Feo Kozmin3 hari yang lalu

    Reminds me of Elon Musk for whatever reason

  28. Randal Turner

    Randal Turner4 hari yang lalu

    The quality of your videos are equal to and in many cases surpass what you would see on TV which is hard to find on youtube these days. you put a lot of care and work into the videos with accurate information - well researched and articulately presented. Look forward to seeing more in the future :-)

  29. Bruno Silveira

    Bruno Silveira4 hari yang lalu

    Man, incredible video. I can't believe momeone apologizing for clickbaiting e proving why is necessary! probs

  30. 4GArt

    4GArt4 hari yang lalu

    Very good information ❤️❤️❤️

  31. johnnydangandco

    johnnydangandco4 hari yang lalu

    Great job brother, see you at 6 million!

  32. johnnydangandco

    johnnydangandco4 hari yang lalu

    WATCH MY VIDEO FOR FREE GRILLS! (Watch it a million times that is)

  33. marcijunebug

    marcijunebug4 hari yang lalu

    Loved this presentation, just discovered the channel! 👍

  34. Minox sta

    Minox sta4 hari yang lalu

    When you asked how to change the platform/metrics I was thinking ratings of how much the person enjoyed the video, and I see that's already coming, so I'm looking forward to that!

  35. Stephen Morrish

    Stephen Morrish4 hari yang lalu

    The link I use to open IDreporter is to my subscriptions I don't much care for IDreporters algorithm. I find new content creators from the suggested "Up next" but most often it will be something posted on Reddit or Twitter by someone. Getting your audience to open IDreporter from their subscription feed might be the most powerful way to make sure your content is seen by your fans.


    VIENNA REAL FICTION4 hari yang lalu

    The likes for this video dont go over 187.000 hmmmmmm...

  37. wicked hours

    wicked hours4 hari yang lalu

    That is really informative video.

  38. Cornelius Zaius

    Cornelius Zaius4 hari yang lalu

    Got to the end; Geez quit drinking the kool-aid man. It's over. You're already jumping through stupid hoops hoping to get scraps. Promote yourself for yourself on either a neutral or your own platform and deal with the reality that that's the only sustainable way.

  39. Cornelius Zaius

    Cornelius Zaius4 hari yang lalu

    IDreporter is not a career. It's not a place to make lots of money. It never was. It was always somebody else's platform designed specifically for maximum exploitation of the people creating content for it. This is reaching a crescendo, and can only go on so long. Soon there will be a handful of the old typical IDreporterr who have the resources and resolve to basically sit at a computer 16 hours a day or more optimizing this and that for a fraction of what they once made. Then there will be the new majority; big name legacy cable networks; everyone else is doomed. It just took a long time for a lot of optimistic suckers to recognize what those of us who have been on the Internet since the 80's know; somebody else's platform is never, ever for your benefit.

  40. Asir Ajmal

    Asir Ajmal4 hari yang lalu

    Thank you. Just subscribed and rang the bell. Also chose "all"

  41. John Kilo

    John Kilo5 hari yang lalu

    I think the CTR tends to force the click baiting as you point out and I think it is somewhat inevitable using the CTR metric. But, I do think there's a better way. I think there should be a ranking system that is activated after watching for the 7 minutes. In other words, if the viewer has watched the video for a decent amount of time he will be forced to rank the video on a scale of 1-5 or whatever. And the videos with the higher ranking continue to rise, while the videos with the lower ranking (which are assumed to not actually deliver to the viewer what he thought he was going to get.) This way the viewer is actually ranking the algorithm's success in delivering content that the viewer is satisfied with. This would also discourage click baiting because the behavior that drives click baiting tactics would be discouraged.

  42. mata langit

    mata langit5 hari yang lalu

    I always subscribe channels that I'm interested. Disliked every videos that I don't like. I generally avoid clickbaits especially from unknown channels. Sometimes I like the videos too if it's something that very interesting. At some point IDreporter algorithm doesn't make any recommendations other than channels that I'm already subscribed to because I disliked like 99% of their recommendation. I want to see new interesting channel but the what they showed me was brainless clickbaity videos. What do they expect? I would like them? Subscribe them? No way! Dislike is what they deserve and sometimes report for spamming useless videos. Watched Mr beast' video once never click them again. He's just flexing his wealth not interesting at all.

  43. Dan Franco

    Dan Franco5 hari yang lalu

    add "real titles" in the description or in the intro of the video :) This video was really good btw.

  44. Grants Pass TV Repair

    Grants Pass TV Repair5 hari yang lalu

    It seems to boil down to just a few principles. Good titles, and produce interesting content that keeps people engaged for as long as possible.

  45. Sevana

    Sevana5 hari yang lalu

    Very insightful. You just provided us with an honest, detailed, and interesting explanation. Thank you for sharing your thoughts with us via such a high-quality video.

  46. Brian Kenneth Kondas

    Brian Kenneth Kondas5 hari yang lalu

    for those who have very little subscribers it’s good to know that is not important unless those subscribers ring the bell. IDreporter video performance is based on video thumbnail image, title, and audience interest in that topic.

  47. Nelson Watson

    Nelson Watson5 hari yang lalu

    This video was highly informative about why I'm seeing so many creators use these wacky thumbnails. It's funny how the thumbnails are meant to make videos stand out, but they're already sort of cliche'. I was briefly interested in online marketing and noticed these thumbnails more because they're so prevalent in that niche. While being on IDreporter is sort of selling yourself, the tactics that are having to be used are reminiscent of the image some people have of a used car salesman. As I kick around ideas for making my own IDreporter channel, it becomes clear that the platform itself is sort of the Lucy Van Pelt of the process. Yanking that ball away before all the Charlie Browns on the platform can kick. Definitely not whining here, just commenting on what I've learned through your video and others discussing this topic.

  48. totalh8

    totalh85 hari yang lalu

    I can only like this so much... There needs to be a LOVE button!!

  49. Jeong-hun Sin

    Jeong-hun Sin5 hari yang lalu

    03:04 The right-most one is retarded. Look at its eyes...

  50. Umang Prajapati

    Umang Prajapati5 hari yang lalu

    The best solution is : Stop Custom Thumbnails

  51. Andrew Aker

    Andrew Aker5 hari yang lalu

    Good video dude. Thanks for sharing your insights! I didn't even know I had to ring the bell to be notified! I thought that's what subscribing would do! Your bell has been rung today sir!

  52. Vincent Spiezio

    Vincent Spiezio5 hari yang lalu

    You seem a little bummed that this is where things went. So, let me tell you that I haven't seen a Veritasium video in about 4 years. I searched your channel tonight purely because I remembered the video content and quality is actually pretty good. So kudos on that.

  53. Perks

    Perks5 hari yang lalu

    found your channel through a different video, but the 96 million balls video is in my recommended right now (and repeatedly) so I'm going to watch it because you seem genuine and this was a fantastic video.

  54. Drop mop the kiwis

    Drop mop the kiwis6 hari yang lalu

    What if all the science IDreporterrs just left and made some other for the people who want to watch that and the people who want to watch games can go to another site on IDreporter kind of like the category section 🤔

  55. Esther Lao

    Esther Lao6 hari yang lalu

    Really helpful video....I'm small youtuber, would love to support each other

  56. Øystein Salomonsen

    Øystein Salomonsen6 hari yang lalu

    I love your videos! Keep up the good work!

  57. Sim Salabim

    Sim Salabim6 hari yang lalu

    I noticed the quality of videos on YT went down and it became too clickbaity. It's all about grabbing attention now. I watched many videos with only like a 1000 views on youtube of the highest quality imaginable, some presentation by professors etc, but they're not clickbaity.

  58. UrbanAstronomer

    UrbanAstronomer6 hari yang lalu

    Love the telescope in the background

  59. David Daniels

    David Daniels6 hari yang lalu

    What a dilemma - and what a help for us “Little Guys.” My wife is Chinese and she has a channel speaking to Chinese about Western things and how they may affect folks in China. Being New, she was feeling bad about not getting many “Views.” Then I watched a video by Derral Eves, who is a “Gold Certified IDreporter something” talk about the importance of Thumbnails. Off I went, whipping up a set of Thumbnails to replace the non-Custom ones that IDreporter inserted as placeholders. And Bang! Her clicks went up! Not Huge numbers, but for a new little guy, a few new clicks means a lot, Yet still was the algorithm. IDreporter AI will look at the photo(s) and words used against what content is shown in your video. If the 2 match-up - up you go. If no match - IDreporter won’t push. A way of warning to Play Fair.

  60. 天楽

    天楽6 hari yang lalu

    This is a system, play by the rule is never the problem. The problem is this stupid trend of youtube tolerates, even encourages greedy and malicious copyright claims.

  61. Brett Mugford

    Brett Mugford6 hari yang lalu

    Amazing video and production value!! Thank you!

  62. deputyVH

    deputyVH6 hari yang lalu

    You have bell notifications in your favour too now. How important is that?

  63. Osali Ramirez-Garcia

    Osali Ramirez-Garcia7 hari yang lalu

    Can anyone go and watch my one video i have

  64. Kaitlyn Peters

    Kaitlyn Peters7 hari yang lalu

    Starred ratings on youtube would be amazing.

  65. Not So Hype Kicks

    Not So Hype Kicks7 hari yang lalu

    Thank you 🙏🏼 for the help

  66. Jessy gold

    Jessy gold7 hari yang lalu

    who is here by 2am in the morning trying to double their youtube hustle like me?. Comment down below👇. You can also sub scribe to my channel if you think my video is helpful

  67. Between The Lines

    Between The Lines7 hari yang lalu

    "Thanks for listening to the rant that I've given many times to whoever will listen." - This last sentence hits hard man! I've gone on a few rants about this and other topics to whoever will listen. My mom could start a IDreporter consulting service after having to hear all the rants that were forced upon her

  68. Saadon Aksah

    Saadon Aksah7 hari yang lalu

    yep that black balls were notorious and Im not going to click 😂😂😂

  69. André Lima

    André Lima7 hari yang lalu

    Please, make a video about The New York Times' coverage of the influence of IDreporter in Brazil right-wing politics: I love your videos. Thank you!

  70. Darkblue

    Darkblue7 hari yang lalu

    Thank you for creating this video. I've not only rang the bell on your channel, but MANY others as well. Truthfully, your concerns as a creator on IDreporter have been my concerns as a consumer. I genuinely want to see every video you, and many others, post. As soon as subscriptions became NOT that, I began enjoying IDreporter a little less. However, up until this video was created, I believed that ringing the bell was a nuisance. But now... Now I'm really enjoying this bell feature and have essentially rang the bell on all of my subscriptions because I value the content they provide. Long story short... THANK YOU!


    MY CLICK SUPPORT7 hari yang lalu

    thanks for informations.

  72. Iksbrown

    Iksbrown7 hari yang lalu

    I don't think your titles are clickbait. That term is often misunderstood and misused. Clickbait is when the title is misleading and overly sensational with little content related to it (or garbage content) in the actual video or article. But if the content is good, then it doesn't matter how "clickbait-ey" the title is.

  73. Gabriel Garcia

    Gabriel Garcia8 hari yang lalu

    I rang the bell :)

  74. Jimmy Jasinski

    Jimmy Jasinski8 hari yang lalu

    This was an amazing video! I now realize why the bell is so important for those channels that you really like!

  75. Zach Allen

    Zach Allen8 hari yang lalu

    Holy shoot, just found out I'm (inexplicably) not subscribed to Veritasium. I feel confident that I've already subscribed here. WTF

  76. Crazy Funny Cats

    Crazy Funny Cats8 hari yang lalu

    Free Taco 🌮 when you ring the bell 🔔 Clickbait channels suck That was a great 👍 presentation thanks #crazyfunnycats66 Instagram ✨👽🐱🐯🦁✨🇨🇦 Sukit 🍦😹

  77. Joshua Rieth

    Joshua Rieth8 hari yang lalu

    Quantity ≠ Quality

  78. james bloton

    james bloton8 hari yang lalu

    hi how is everyone

  79. Guillaume P.

    Guillaume P.8 hari yang lalu

    I am a long-time subscriber of your channel and love your work, so first I'd like to say "GOOD JOB and PLEASE KEEP UP". Your way of thinking and energy is inspiring. I agree with you on the fact that, like on any other entertainment platform, creators have to not only to make genuine and sincere content but also have to spend a lot of energy to promote it. But most people do not know how to use IDreporter and see it as a simple video platform because they do not take time to connect to creators and simple eat up recommended content. This video looks like a tutorial for IDreporterrs for getting views by explaining how the platform works. But I think it is the viewers that need a tutorial for learning how to use IDreporter. Connecting to IDreporterrs, getting to know them and their center of interest, subscribing and unsubscribing is time-consuming but it is what it takes to make a IDreporter account live. The pretty look of a thumbnail should only necessary for people that do not know a IDreporterr yet and be a gateway to subscribing or not to their channel. I have never seen a video that talks about what is IDreporter and how to use it. Depending on how one uses it, it can be a repulsive bunch of nonsense videos or it can be a personal platform that keeps the viewer informed of what is up in their center of interest and what would be great to discover. How much time is someone willing to spend time with another person? It depends on the affinity, and the more it is strong, the more effort one is going to put into the relationship.

  80. Dorian H

    Dorian H8 hari yang lalu

    The handheld camera didn't add anything to the video's value, instead it took away and was pretty distracting

  81. Brave Queen C

    Brave Queen C8 hari yang lalu

    Thanks for sharing this