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20 thoughts on “Eevblab 105 – does the youtube bell notification matter?”
  1. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars My Project Box says:

    YouTube Studio is a rabbit hole that can become a unhealthy obsession. I spend way too much time on it. I should spend more time on actually making videos 🤣

  2. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Adam Mansbridge says:

    I don't hit the bell, but I use the subscription tab so I see everything

  3. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Wael Sadek says:

    I sometimes click add to watch later when I get the notifications, so don't know if that counts or not.

  4. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars FenceUp says:

    Problem is that notification isn't that popular. I see you're new videos in my general feed and also when I go to my subscription page. My phone pings enough without you tube adding to that. In fact I turn notification off on most apps.

  5. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Ellis Garbutt says:

    I never watch the video from a bell notifacation I have this weird thing where I have to go tot he youtubers page and watch the video from there

  6. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Crisps says:

    I don't tend to act on the notifications themself, but it makes me remember that the particular channel has some new content and I'll either queue it up to download for the work commute the next day or watch at my desk later.

  7. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars vikingbeard says:

    Interesting video, thanks! I may be subscribed to 100 channels and get notified of three or four. I always watch the notified videos. But the notification bell keeps showing the new notification, as I watch videos via the subscriptions feed (my favourite youtube feature).

    Youtube should ban videos begging for likes, subscriptions, notifications and comments, it's getting very annoying.

  8. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars SouthShoreTrain says:

    I clicked the bell on most channels I've subscribed to, but I have notifications shut off on every device and browser I use so they all fall into a black hole somewhere and probably still get counted in the stats. I enjoyed the email notifications until youtube did away with them years ago, as that was faster for me then trying to load the bloated youtube webpages to see new content (I might get 3mbps on a good day here). I'd just put the interesting videos in a folder in my email then watch when I have time, just like the Watch Later page on youtube but without waiting several minutes for it to load each time.

  9. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Electrowave says:

    My notifications stopped a couple of years or so ago. The only notifications I receive now are if I manually click on a button to notify me of a premier, or an up-coming live. Any bell option I select makes no difference to notifications, I just don't receive them any more on any of my computers. I have a lot of plugins installed to my browser so wouldn't be surprised if one of those is interfering but I just changed the way I view YT. I now go to my subscriptions page and select from there what I want to watch from channels I am subscribed to.

  10. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars DJkayoo says:

    Sometimes I watch videos from youtubers that I'm not subscribed to and I will get more videos recommended from them than channels that I'm subscribed to with the bell YouTube algorithm really "works" I guess

  11. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars sandi rupenovic says:

    I guess the bell notified viewer counts only the people that clicked the link from the notification, not many people have time to watch a video as soon as it comes out.
    Personally i don't use the bell notification because I never have the time to watch the video as soon as it comes out and i don't like getting my phone flooded by notifications.
    When i have the time i open my subscription page and go from YouTuber to YouTuber and watch the new video they published

  12. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars dumbasPL says:

    I might be a weird one but I turn on the bell on almost every channel but have notifications for youtube disabled on my phone and everywhere else. I'm a "collector" of notifications. Currently, I have almost 40K unread notifications and my record was something like 65k+. It ends when I misclick the notifications icon on my phone. I know a few other people who do that, so I'm not alone. In general, I can't stand having unread things but youtube is just different for some reason.

  13. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Weißenschenkel says:

    I disabled notifications for channels where there's more than a video a month. And some channels like BBC I'm not even subscribed to but I watch a fair amount of their content.

    Meanwhile YouTube keeps pushing garbage towards me, like Verit*sium's videos.

  14. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars eDoc2020 says:

    I'm clearly in the minority. Periodically I'll check the notifications on the PC web client and I'll open a new tab for each video I might want to watch later. When I have the time I'll go through the tabs oldest to newest and watch the ones I'm still interested in. I never go to the homepage or to the subscriptions page.

  15. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars r4tch3t says:

    How does it handle watch later? I use notifications to add videos to the playlist so I don't miss any. Yet I still have to go and look for missing videos

  16. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Rob Malford says:

    Trick question. Nothing on the internet matters.

  17. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars DDB says:

    I was astonished only 1 view came from Patreon ! (if I saw that correctly)

  18. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars lmw lmw says:

    And even worse, only 1% take the time to hit the LIKE button …. and in the case of this video only 914 Likes (including mine) at the time I am
    watching it. And with around 12.000 visualizations, this makes only 0,7% of LIKES…!!! These videos take a lot of time and effort, but it seems
    that people just don't think about that…!!! Very Interesting video Dave.

  19. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars BoffinBrain says:

    We shouldn't be encouraging people to use the notification bell.
    We should tell them to use the ol' reliable YT Subscriptions page, where the algorithm cannot hide things, and you see all videos nicely ordered by release date.

  20. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars EEVblog says:

    UPDATE: I've checked with other electronics Youtubers and they get similar numbers to me on the views from Bell Notification percentage.

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