Gangnam Style busts YouTube's view counter
KIM Kardashian may not have broken the Internet, but Psy just did.
His Gangnam Style, the K-pop sensation that basically owned 2012, has been viewed so many millions of times that, two years later, YouTube's view counter broke trying to tally it.
YouTube said that the music video by the South Korean - accompanied by a horse-riding-like dance that became a global sensation - this week reached the maximum number of views that YouTube could imagine.
The video-sharing site shows that the official version of the video has had more than 2.15 billion views - the equivalent of a third of the world's population - although many people watched it more than once.
The problem: YouTube designed its counter with what is known in computer science as a 32-bit integer, meaning that the maximum number of countable views was 2,147,483,647.
The site is upgrading that tool as a result, a spokesman wrote on YouTube's Google+ page.
"We never thought a video would be watched in numbers greater than a 32-bit integer," YouTube, which is owned by search-engine giant Google, said in a posting on Google+.
YouTube engineers anticipated the problem and upgraded to a 64-bit integer. That means Gangnam Style or future mega-hit videos can now go beyond nine sextillion views - a feat that, at least according to conventional wisdom, would be impossible to break.