As I posed last week, some of the most popular YouTube videos of the day/week have been oddly long. I surmised that some of the creators with avid fan bases are able to convince their viewers to watch most of a 10-15 minute vlog. As a result, those videos get high “attention scores” (which is weighted by length, so these 15-minute vlogs are scored against horribly boring 15-minute videos that rarely get seen at all, much less for more than 1-4 minutes).
So I’ve posted a 10 minute video that encourages the viewer to fast-forward to the end. Will YouTube count that as a full view? Will it propel the video to the top of the coveted “most popular page”? I’ll watch to see if it worked tomorrow. You can check the “honors” yourself in the next 24 hours.