Slight change in the upload algorithm.

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As those of you who are paying attention will have noted, after I got to film number 1000 on my YouTube site, I decided to apply a rule that the next film would not go up until the previous one had hit, or was sure to hit, 100. The result of this has been that I have uploaded now 1068 videos,  which is the rate of 10 per month. Prior to that I had 1000 videos in the course of 54 months, a rate which came to exceed most of the latter part of the time 20 per month. In other words it represented a halving of the upload rate. Interestingly, total upload views have remained stable.

The problem is that now I am still uploading video from last summer – already at the 20 per month rate I had a backlog to clear, whereas now I am producing video which is 7 months old and uploading video which is eight months old in the main. Occasionally I vary it by allowing brand new video to jump the queue, but in order to do something about the backlog, starting from the second quarter 2011 I am changing the ‘100 rule’ to the ’60’ rule, which means I can upload the next piece without waiting for the preceding one to hit 100. It only needs to hit 60. Hopefully that will do it.

If not, then having winter video in the summer and summer video in the winter is always nice for a change anyway, but it’s not as good as keeping it reasonably up-to-date.

2 thoughts on “Slight change in the upload algorithm.

  1. Hi David,

    I think that you should abandon this algorithm altogether. It destroys spontaneity, creativity and topicality. It also assumes that all your videos are equally good. Why should you have to wait for a video that is not so interesting to attain a certain number of views before posting something newer that is really excellent?

    I well remember when you and Sophie went out to see the funeral cortège after the Polish air crash. That was something that was very topical that needed to be posted quickly or it would have lost its viewer interest. I also remember what an excellent job little Sophie did of holding the video camera sitting on your shoulders.

    Algorithms and order may be good for your accounting practice but making videos is surely a recreational activity where controls can be abandoned so that you can give vent to your artistic side. If you have enjoyed making a video then I think you should post it immediately.

    With best wishes,

    1. I greatly value that comment. I always did these things just to pace myself and give some structure, but you are right of course. I now have a ridiculous backlog and all because I didn’t like having videos with less than 100 views.

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