I believe "More than 20" is an understatement



  • TRWTF: Me being subscribed to over 300 YouTube channels. I have my reasons. Either way, this survey makes it clear to me that Google doesn't understand what YouTube is or how it works:

    My mom is subscribed to "More than 20". My sister is subscribed to "More than 20". Everyone I talk to who uses YouTube is subscribed to "More than 20". I know for a fact I am not the only person who is subscribed to over a hundred channels; lots of people are talking about the issue with the 100 channel limit on YouTube Gaming. Apparently Google doesn't understand that by encouraging everyone to SUBSCRIBE FOR MORE they now have many users with well over 100 subscriptions. I guess that's the trouble with tribbles.

    Bonus :wtf:: there is no way to go back in the survey.



  • I am subscribed to 3.


  • Impossible Mission Players - A

    To be fair, my Mom only has my channel on her subscriptions list.
    ...
    Not sure how I feel about that...



  • I am subscribed to 9. Several of those update very infrequently, but I really liked the videos they have published, so I want to be notified if they ever do again.

    I suspect most people subscribe to zero channels.


  • sockdevs

    Six channels for me; I do believe anything much over 20 is a genuine outlier



  • @boomzilla said:

    I suspect most people subscribe to zero channels.

    :wave:



  • I'm subscribed to 97 currently.


  • Winner of the 2016 Presidential Election

    25, which surprised me. While I'm not sure why I'm subscribed to one of the channels, I still expected only maybe a dozen.

    Although if I were to go looking for things I ought to subscribe to (in the sense "these are things I already know I'd like to keep track of"), it'd be a lot more, almost entirely music.



  • Back when I was a heavy YouTube user (2008-2011) I was subscribed to around 200 channels. On my newer account I've been using since ~2012 or so I'm only subscribed to like 11 channels, but I use YouTube significantly less than I did before.



  • Subscribed? Channels? I try to avoid using my YouTube account as much as possible.



  • What's wrong with YouTube?



  • It lets me watch the videos I click on, so nothing's really "wrong" with it. I just don't care to get all friendly with it.



  • Ah, I see. Makes sense, you might catch something. A lot of people have been using her, I hear. Heh heh heh.


  • Impossible Mission Players - A

    :giggity: ?


  • mod

    I am subscribed to 0.

    @boomzilla said:

    I suspect most people subscribe to zero channels.

    Oh, hey! :wave:



  • TRWTF is YouTube owner asking you about your YouTube account.



  • I'm subscribed to 3, based on what YouTube knows, but I have at least 30 bookmarked in my browser. I just don't like/use YouTube's update dashboard thing.

    BTW another YouTube WTF: they removed RSS feeds from YouTube, which is how I was subscribed to those 30 before.



  • I'm subscribed to 45, the vast majority of which haven't seen any updates in a long time.


  • Impossible Mission Players - A

    @blakeyrat said:

    they removed RSS feeds
    Are those still a thing? I could never get a client that worked fluidly enough to properly subscribe to RSS feeds...
    Then again, I don't have a lot of clients that do much more than display the XML output of the RSS feed....


  • :belt_onion:

    @Gaska said:

    TRWTF is YouTube owner asking you about your YouTube account.

    But isn't it cute that they keep up appearances?



  • That's not the Google logo. Be careful who you give the number of channels you subscribe to to.



  • I am subscribed to 26 under one spelling of my account name and 14 under another; I've never been able to combine the two identities into one. Some of those 40 are undoubtedly dormant. Others reflect such situations as the indie artist in Taiwan who keeps "reinventing" herself every couple of years.


  • Grade A Premium Asshole

    @Placeholder said:

    I'm subscribed to 45, the vast majority of which haven't seen any updates in a long time.

    130, the vast majority of which don't update much or at all and could be removed.


  • Discourse touched me in a no-no place

    I also have exactly 3 subscriptions.

    But the real question is why the hell Google needs to survey users for that data. They have the fucking data already!



  • They might be testing usability-- hahaha oh wait, Google.

    But seriously, a competent company might have a question like, "have users thought they've subscribed when they failed to do so? Or vice-versa?" You ask a question like that and compare it with the actual data.


  • Discourse touched me in a no-no place

    Yeah. Now that I think about it, that'd be a marginally useful metric to have.

    Personally I don't like subscribing, particularly to channels with multiple streams of content only some of which I actually care about. The ability to subscribe to a series on a channel would be neat, but that concept really doesn't exist (aside from playlists, which aren't the same thing at all)



  • @boomzilla said:

    I suspect most people subscribe to zero channels.

    What's a channel?



  • @Weng said:

    But the real question is why the hell Google needs to survey users for that data. They have the fucking data already!

    It's probably in some homegrown NoSQL database, and they would need to have one of their junior engineers (re)invent an efficient method for traversing and aggregating that data.



  • @blakeyrat said:

    BTW another YouTube WTF: they removed RSS feeds from YouTube, which is how I was subscribed to those 30 before.

    I like the subscriptions because I get an email when someone uploads a video. I'm sure I wouldn't like that if I subscribed to dozens of channels. I'm subscribed to 7 different martial arts channels, a music channel and Colin Furze.



  • @Tsaukpaetra said:

    Are those still a thing?

    Beats needing to go to the MSDN website to see if there are new download available. (I use FeedDemon) I also use it for watching a few tools I use.



  • 25, according to "Manage 25 subscriptions." However, the subscriptions page is broken for me; it has one thumbnail of what I assume is a recent(ish) video for each channel, but no text to identify what channel it is, and lots of white space where the text should be. Thanks, YT; that's really helpful.


  • area_can

    I'm only at 14, but to be fair I think the 'subscribe' button is a power user feature and should be phased out.



  • They need to let me make my own networks.

    I want to divide my channels up, it's too much to see them all at the same time.

    I know they think that too many channels means you're not watching them, but it's more a problem of organization than information overload.


  • Grade A Premium Asshole

    This thread has reminded me to go clean out my subscription list. I took over 30 out and nothing of value was lost.


  • area_deu

    And now we know why google made the highest choice so low ...



  • Insecurity issues? (Not up to date on topic, so I may have been :hanzo: on this)



  • @da_Doctah said:

    I've never been able to combine the two identities into one

    Add the subscriptions of one to the other? Or is the inadvertent situation you are in beneficial :wink:



  • @Bort said:

    What's a channel?

    A Chunnel? (only old Brits will get this one :laughing:)



  • @loose said:

    only old Brits will get this one

    I'm not a Brit, and I get it (I think). At least I know what that portmanteau means, although I'm missing any humour that you intended.



  • Oh, there was no "humour" intended in my reply. It is just an answer to the question


  • Discourse touched me in a no-no place

    @Polygeekery said:

    This thread has reminded me to go clean out my subscription list. I took over 30 out and nothing of value was lost.

    I need to do that as well. I'm subscribed to 9 but only watch one on a regular basis.


  • Discourse touched me in a no-no place

    @Tsaukpaetra said:

    Are those still a thing? I could never get a client that worked fluidly enough to properly subscribe to RSS feeds...Then again, I don't have a lot of clients that do much more than display the XML output of the RSS feed....

    I'm subscribed to more RSS feeds than YouTube channels. I use this (which I moved to when Google murdered their RSS client).

    @Weng said:

    But the real question is why the hell Google needs to survey users for that data. They have the fucking data already!

    That looks more like some questionnaire produced using Google, rather than Google themselves.



  • Shit.

    Get NewsBlur.



  • I keep reading the title of the topic as

    I believe More than 20" is an understatement

    :confused:


  • Discourse touched me in a no-no place

    @blakeyrat said:

    NewsBlur

    Yeah. No. Apart from the fact that they could quite easily go the way of Google, this shit:


  • sockdevs

    Even Feedly is better than NewsBlur, in that it allows unlimited feeds on the free product


  • Discourse touched me in a no-no place

    @RaceProUK said:

    unlimited feeds

    Well quite. I have ~120 feeds, and since I'm self-hosting the client, I can guarantee that it won't disappear from under me.



  • @PJH said:

    I can guarantee that it won't disappear from under me.

    So you have it hosted on your sofa server then?


  • Discourse touched me in a no-no place

    Not any more.... :laughing: (it was actually on the other PC that had problems, but was moved prior to that one going down since that was more... planned.)



  • What shit?

    Are you objecting to the fact that software that isn't garbage generally costs money?

    @RaceProUK said:

    Even Feedly is better than NewsBlur,

    No, there is no way Feedly is better than NewBlur at anything ever.

    @RaceProUK said:

    in that it allows unlimited feeds on the free product

    That says nothing about the quality of NewsBlur, that says you're a cheap motherfucker.

    @PJH said:

    Well quite. I have ~120 feeds, and since I'm self-hosting the client, I can guarantee that it won't disappear from under me.

    Yeah, well, I'm not a crazy paranoid person who wears aluminum foil to parties.


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