YouTube is making major changes to their platform. It is changing the way how the live subscriber count is shown to the people. The change is going to affect third-party sites that use YouTube’s API to show live subscriber counts.
If you are not a YouTube content creator, you probably won’t know about Social Blade, it is an analytics site that showcases live subscriber count and the growth and loss of channel. It has become an integral part of YouTube culture and with new changes in effect, this platform is nearing its end.
Social Blade has been used by almost all the top creators on YouTube and it is a way of showing why they still matter to the community. You might have seen all the PewDiePie vs T-Series subscriber cont battles, well you won’t be able to have any more of them as these platforms won’t be able to use Social Blade’s database anymore.
Various creators have come out in support of Social Blade and made the hashtag #SaveSocialBlade trend on Twitter.
It has all come into effect after all the drama that happened in the Tati Westbrook and James Charles feud on YouTube, and watching someone loose subscribers in real time proved to be addictive for some people.
Various YouTubers have tweeted in disapproval of this step taken by YouTUbe
To see Youtube effectively killing off @SocialBlade is painful to watch…— Jesse Ridgway (@McJuggerNuggets) May 23, 2019
We’ve turned to SB for years for live subscriber counts and simplified statistics. Why Youtube never implemented these is beyond me…
Another example of not listening to the community. #SaveSocialBlade
In this moment I just realize YouTube is my life.— KEEM (@KEEMSTAR) May 23, 2019
I just thought to myself I would never protest for world peace.
But I would march in the streets for days to save @SocialBlade !
What is your take on this action, do you think this would hinder the creators from better analyzing the matrics or this is for the betterment of YouTube culture.