It is sometimes hard to keep up with all the change that is going on. YouTube recently introduced a subscriber limit for their users, in order to fight sub4sub spam. As you may know, it is possible to subscribe to users or channels on YouTube to receive information about new videos that they have uploaded to the video hosting site.
Some users have apparently used the subscription system to increase their subscriber count by subscribing to users who in turn subscribed to them as well. This way, both could rake another subscriber to artificially increase their subscriber count.
This is often done to attract advertisers to channels as subscriber count is one of the important metrics that advertisers look at when they make decisions whether to approach a channel owner or company or not.
YouTube recognized this as a problem and has introduced a subscriber limit back in September that limits subscriptions to 2000 channels.
The limit grows with the subscriber count of the user according to YouTube support member Liz. It is however not clear how this system distinguishes regular subscriptions from sub4sub subscriptions. It is most likely that mutual subscriptions count less or not at all towards raising the subscriber limit on YouTube.
Now, 2000 subscriptions sounds like a lot, and it is likely that the majority of YouTube users will never come close to the limit.
There are however users that are currently getting error messages like "You have too many subscription compared to your number of subscribers" which indicates that the ratio of subscriptions to subscribers is not seen as natural by YouTube. Users seeing those messages are not able to subscribe to more channels or users at this point. The only options they have at this moment in time is to try and increase their subscriber count, or to remove old subscriptions that are no longer of interested as Liz points out.
Youtube users with a very large number of subscriptions will run into another problem when they try to follow the advice, as it is only possible to delete one subscription at a time.
Have you experienced the subscription limit on YouTube? If so, what is your take on the new limit?
Update: Some users report that the limit has been reduced to 1000 subscriptions. The subscriber limit growth with your channel's subscriptions on the other hand which seems to be the only way to increase the limit at the time of writing.
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