Update: As of 5/21/07, I think YouTube rigged it so it doesn�t update your video views, only your channel views. Thanks to reader Mario for pointing this out.
Mashable recently posted about a user named “SuperMoviesDownload” getting top results on YouTube consistently, and trying to charge $10,000 to allow people to get a top video on YouTube. Mashable says that “it was easy to enter the Most Viewed list on YouTube just by opening some tabs in Firefox and setting them to auto-refresh – no real skill required.” That’s what Mashable said. This is what they meant…
—- BEGIN file hackYoutube.html —-
<meta http-equiv=”refresh” content=”2;url=hackYoutube.html”>
<iframe src=”http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dSJzy16mmGc” width=”50%”>
—- END file hackYoutube.html —-
That youtube link is to a video of one of my iswapyou magic online tutorials. In case it isn’t glaringly obvious, you’d need to change that iframe link to your video. And yes, you literally open this page in multiple firefox or IE tabs, walk away, and a few hours later have a “most viewed” video. I am posting this because:
1. According to Mashable, “Eric Schmidt was asked about the problem at a recent interview (pointed out to us by The CoMotion Group), but downplayed the problem. It seems that a fix would be easy and straightforward: why not go ahead and fix it up?”
2. Seriously, YouTube, i don’t believe for a second that those talented Google engineers you gained in the merger can’t fix this.
NOTE: For everyone who wants to test this for themself, YouTube only updates its view statistics every few hours (i.e. YOU WILL NOT SEE ANY RESULTS FOR A FEW HOURS). Please stop commenting that this “doesn’t work”.
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