YouTube starts to abbreviate public subscriber counts

Google started to roll out the abbreviated public subscriber counts. The change will impact both YouTube and the public YouTube Data API Service. YouTube creators will continue to see their full subscriber counts privately in YouTube Studio and YouTube Analytics.

According to Google, this addresses creator concerns about ​stress and ​wellbeing, specifically around tracking public subscriber counts in real time.​

Public subscriber counts accessible via the public YouTube Data API Service will be abbreviated for subscriber counts greater than 1000 subscribers.

For example, a channel with 123,456,789 subs will return 123 000 000 via the YouTube Data API Service.

If a channel has 4,227 subscribers, the public subscriber count will read “4.2k” until the channel reaches 4,300.

If a channel has 133,017 subscribers, the public subscriber count will read “133K” until the channel reaches 134,000.

If a channel has 51,389,232, the public subscriber count will read “51M” until the channel reaches 52,000,000.


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