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5/21/19
Early heads up: abbreviated public subscriber counts across YouTube 0 Recommended Answers 472 Replies 4812 Upvotes
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Currently, all creators with over 1,000 subscribers see their subscriber counts displayed differently in different places across YouTube desktop and mobile apps. In some cases, the subscriber count is abbreviated (e.g., 133k) and in other places we display the full count (e.g., 133,017).

To create more consistency everywhere that we publicly display subscriber counts, starting in August 2019, we’ll begin showing the abbreviated subscriber number across all public YouTube surfaces. Third parties that use YouTube’s API Services will also access the same public facing counts you see on YouTube. Creators will still be able to see their exact number of subscribers in YouTube Studio.

So what exactly will this look like? For channels with fewer than 1,000 subscribers, the exact (non-abbreviated) subscriber count will still be shown. Once your channel passes the 1000 subscriber milestone, we will begin to abbreviate your public subscriber numbers on a sliding scale. 



Here are a few examples:
  • 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.

We know subscriber counts are extremely important for creators and fans alike, so we wanted to give everyone a heads up a few months in advance of this change! We’ll share more specifics with creators as we get closer to the August 2019 date.

If you have any other questions not covered by this post, please drop them in the comments below.
– Jordan (TeamYouTube)
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5/21/19
There should be a setting where you choose between these, not forcing us to see a specific version
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5/21/19
Who asked for this? I haven't heard anyone clamoring for consistency on this, and this seems to be a net negative for viewers, because they might have less trust that "4.2K" is real than "4,227".
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5/21/19
Will this be an optional setting?
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5/21/19
Congratulations YouTube Team help
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5/21/19
Hi !
Have you thought that maybe, you could bring more consistency by displaying the full number of subscriber everywhere on the site ? The same goal would be achieved, but a lot less people would be angry for sure ! It would probably be harder to design around, but i feel like a lot of people would prefer precision rather than smoother design.
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5/21/19
thank you
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5/21/19
I don't want this. No one wants this. People who keep their sub counts public want to show the full number. Why are you wasting your time and resources on an awful change when countless channels like mine are suffering from unfair demonetization with no way to appeal it?
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5/21/19
why are people upvoting this...
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5/21/19
Literally no one asked for this.
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6/26/19
Like and subscribe
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