I Wish More People Liked Me Than Knew Me

I went to watch the newest Crash Course video from the Vlog Bros. And by the way, I’ve come to think that they aren’t nearly as good as I had once thought. John Green, in particular, is very interesting and funny, but not very informative. In particular, I didn’t think his recent Renaissance video was good, insightful, or right. But that is a matter for another day.

Here is part of a screen capture of Hank’s most recent video:

<%image(20120625-youtube1.jpg|450|410|Hank Green Video Page - Note Views and Likes)%>

Note the lower left hand corner: it says 302 views and 497 likes. How is it that more people like this video than have even viewed it?

It must be that YouTube updates the view total more slowly than it does the likes total. For example, when I reloaded the page just now, it still said 302 views but the likes were updated to 507.

Still, this is crazy. Who writes code like this?

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0 thoughts on “I Wish More People Liked Me Than Knew Me

  1. I know this is cynical, but have you considered that he might be working the system? Maybe he has a couple of friends who let the video run several times a day, and another friend who spends his free time "liking" it.

  2. Because I am a cynical man, I have considered it. But it won’t fly. The Green brothers are HUGE. The video had 500 likes within an hour of its release. By the end of the week it will have over a quarter million views. And rightly so. In general, Hank’s videos are better than John’s, even though John is the more talented videographer. I recommend that you click on both the links above to see what they are doing.

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