Google to abbreviate public subscriber counts across YouTube

Google today announced that starting in August 2019, YouTube will no longer display the exact subscriber count. The subscriber count of channels with subscribers above the 1000 mark will be abbreviated (e.g., 133k). Nevertheless, creators will still be able to see their exact number of subscribers in YouTube Studio.

Google says that it will “create more consistency everywhere.” I’m not sure about the consistency but I’m sure that it will bring an end to the subscriber war between famous controversial YouTuber PiewDiePie and Indian music company T-Series.

Currently, all creators with over 1,000 subscribers see their subscriber counts displayed differently in different places across YouTube desktop and mobile apps. In some cases, the subscriber count is abbreviated (e.g., 133k) and in other places we display the full count (e.g., 133,017).

You can see the below animation of what it looks like.

Long story short:

  • If a channel has 4,227 subscribers, the public subscriber count will read “4.2k” until the channel reaches 4,300.
  • If a channel has 133,017 subscribers, the public subscriber count will read “133K” until the channel reaches 134,000.
  • If a channel has 51,389,232, the public subscriber count will read “51M” until the channel reaches 52,000,000.

Do you think the new system can put an end to the subscriber war? Do let us know in the comments section below.

Source: YouTube; Via: WCCftech

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