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In a bid to boost the time users spend on the site, videos that hold viewers' attention will rise higher in searches.

YouTube's ongoing effort to keep visitors on its pages for longer took a new twist today, when the video portal said it will start ranking videos by how long people watch them.
The move makes it more difficult to game the system by choosing a provocative thumbnail image for your video in an effort to drive clicks. Instead, creators will be rewarded for actually getting viewers to watch the whole video.
It follows a similar change the Google-owned company made to its suggested videos feature earlier this year. "These changes better surface the videos that viewers actually watch, over those that they click on and then abandon," the company said at the time.

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Makes sense to me.
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Yes, it seems like a pretty good idea.
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So less Rick rolling?
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So we post a video that is 10 hours long

setup a bunch of computers to loop the video

Fame over night
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post #6 of 73
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So we post a video that is 10 hours long
setup a bunch of computers to loop the video
Fame over night

That's... That's a brilliant idea.
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post #7 of 73
I wonder if it's based on seconds or percentage of the video. If it's seconds watched, short videos get screwed while longer videos (to a certain extent, at some points it's too long) get favored by it... However, if it's percentage, shorter videos will be favored because of the attention span of the average internet user.
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I wonder if it's based on seconds or percentage of the video. If it's seconds watched, short videos get screwed while longer videos (to a certain extent, at some points it's too long) get favored by it... However, if it's percentage, shorter videos will be favored because of the attention span of the average internet user.
A mix of the two maybe?
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So we post a video that is 10 hours long
setup a bunch of computers to loop the video
Fame over night

Implying you couldn't do something similar to pad viewcount.
    
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So we post a video that is 10 hours long

setup a bunch of computers to loop the video

Fame over night
Haha, that's exactly what popped into my mind the moment I read this.
Also, the perfect illustration: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z9Uz1icjwrM
     
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