So, I think number of loops in general are important, and that the last post by Byte about the algorithm indicated “interest” is a metric that they want to encourage. Because of that, here is two quick approaches I consider making my Bytes.
- For videos that I include text or edited-in graphic elements, I often have them go by very fast. Additionally, sometimes I’ll purposefully put it in the lower thirds where the text would be obscured by the caption/all the other data provided by Byte. In my head, it gives people little easter eggs and a reason to watch it multiple times. Like, the joke should be readable immediately after you first watch it, and that’s most important, but I think it’s funny, and fun, if you give people reasons to loop through it multiple times to catch the most amount of details.
- This isn’t really taking into consideration of the algorithm, but just a general rule for myself; when I make a Byte, I always try to ask myself if it would be funny if you don’t read the caption. This especially gets taken into consideration with the introduction of Zen mode. I think I developed this approach when I noticed that a lot of the Vines that would be uploaded to youtube would not have captions, but the most popular ones were immediately readable as funny, or telling a story without the caption. That doesn’t mean that the caption can’t add to the joke, amplify it, or even change why it’s funny - it’s just a thing I take into consideration.
Of course, overthinking the algorithm is mostly a fool’s errand, and these things should be considered a distant second to making quality content and engaging with the community…it’s just something that popped in my head.
I guess, if anything I wanted to throw these ideas out to add to the grammar of what Byte is. Byte is not Vine or TikTok, and as the platform grows it’ll have little tics and personality to the videos, and I thought I’d throw these two out as a thing to consider.