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Is the YouTube algorithm is the key to success on YouTube? Let’s find out! In this video, Taha explores how we reached 1 million subscribers by taking a deep dive into the beating heart of success on YouTube, the recommendation algorithm. Along the way, he accidentally plots the entire history of the YouTube algorithm. (pls don’t ask me about youtube shorts, it’s a whole can of worms)

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CREDITS
Produced by Taha Khan
Video Editing by Joe Trickey and Taha Khan
Motion Design by Joe Trickey
Special Thanks to Hank Green, Rowan Ellis, Glarses and Max Fosh

Hank Green: https://www.youtube.com/@vlogbrothers
Rowan Ellis: https://www.youtube.com/@HeyRowanEllis
Glarses: https://www.youtube.com/@Glarses
Max Fosh: https://www.youtube.com/c/MaxFosh

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RECOMMENDED READING
An article about the people who manually curated the YouTube homepage: https://www.theatlantic.com/technology/archive/2022/09/youtube-homepage-editor-google-algorithm-book-excerpt/671339/

The Vlogbrothers get onto the Homepage: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HC4bVW8OFtM

A long article about the history of the YouTube algorithm: https://blog.youtube/news-and-events/continuing-our-work-to-improve/

A YouTube employee gives a presentation on the algorithm: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9Fn79qJa2Fc

The Original Research Paper: https://research.google/pubs/pub37742/

The Neural Network Paper: https://research.google/pubs/pub45530/
https://research.google/pubs/pub45530/

FULL LIST OF SOURCES: https://answerinprogress.notion.site/the-entire-history-of-the-youtube-algorithm-i-guess-sources-b85323ad3f5e491d9146b070afd94039

TIMESTAMPS:
00:00 – we hit 1 million subs!!
00:59 – we made a commemorative tee!!
01:42 – we never experienced a single problem along the way
03:49 – the entire history of the youtube algorithm, i guess
04:38 – there’s more?!
05:14 – the internet is rotting
06:50 – tell us about the past grandpa! (2005-2007)
08:46 – the problems with the handpicked homepage
10:54 – the first major change to the homepage (2008/2009)
11:30 – what the heck is a recommendation algorithm?
13:30 – the answer in progress gameshow !!
14:37 – how youtube uses metadata
17:00 – THERE’S MORE?!?
19:20 – how the youtube algorithm works
21:51 – why you keep getting recommended fishing videos (also the try guys)
22:58 – the guinea pigs become the algorithm
27:17 – how does youtube decide if a video is ‘good’?
27:56 – clickbait (2010 – 2012)
29:14 – WHAT’S THAT COMING OVER THE HILL, IS IT A REPLY GIRL?
32:37 – beyond the click (2013 onwards)
33:49 – i am watch time, slayer of clickbait
34:45 – gamin gamin gamin
35:48 – pepe silvia conspiracy wall meme
36:43 – AI, neural networks and beyond (2016)
38:57 – a theory about removing dislikes
39:53 – the modern day algorithm
41:07 – the complete timeline ! (2020 and beyond!)
42:18 – how to get more views on youtube
44:10 – why ‘hacking’ the algorithm is a bad idea
44:22 – we got a youtube play button 🙂

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