Gangnam (and YouTube) Top One Billion Views

There’s been alot of discussion about the meteoric rise of the hit song Gangnam Style, as its video surpassed one billion views on December 21st.  This is clearly a tribute to the singer, called PSY, who came up with a catchy beat and a comical video, but also PSY needs to share the credit with his silent partner, YouTube.

YouTube was outputting this video an average of 4,000 views per minute by some estimates.  That takes an incredibly efficient IT infrastructure to efficiently handle those requests.  Also, as of writing of this article, there are over 4.6 million comments and 6.4 million thumbs up on the video!  That many messages alone could take down lesser systems.  And keep in mind this song was only released in July!

It shouldn’t surprise me that YouTube could handle such a sudden surge on its servers.  And honestly, it doesn’t surprise me.  But I think it’s worthwhile to point out the incredible IT systems developed in part by programmers.

Of course….  Here is the video!

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