My heart goes out to the victims of the horrible West, TX fertilizer explosion on Wednesday. I can’t stop thinking about it.
Meanwhile, Google has already found out how to profit from it by stealing ad revenue money from people posting videos.
In case you haven’t yet read Google wants to trick you into Advertising Adsense for them for FREE please check it out.
Take a look at the screen capture (below) that shows a video from the disaster that has 20,777 comments, 16,712 likes and 897 dislikes. I don’t know how many people watch a video without commenting or rating it, but surely many more people watch than comment or rate. I usually only comment on 1 out of 5 videos I watch. (Since the Google numbers are manipulated, there really isn’t a way to figure it out.)
With likes, dislikes and comments of this volume, I bet that that the video has been watched at least 100,000 times. And if you add the likes and dislikes, even Google admits it was watched 17.609 times since you can only like or dislike a video once.
Yet the Google view counter shows only 13,312 views.
Suppose it could have anything to do with Google using the views to pay out revenue?
Another reason YouTube limits view counts is to hide how big of a deal something really is. They also divide counts of protestors in marches by 10. When you see that 20,000 marched in SF and 30K in Philly, it means 200 thousand and 300 thousand, minimum, were there.