I can see the arguments for and against it. Right now, loops would tell you how many people committed to watching your byte all the way through, so you can see how far your reach is as far as people willing to consume your content in its entirety. However, what you can’t see right now is how many people click away or partial watch, which would be great to know for Byters analytically so you can experiment with different bytes, collect data, and do what’s best for your brand from there.
Similarly, adding the ability to count partial views/watchtime into the algorithm now is a good thing, because it makes the system smarter. It prevents trash posts with no effort such as a wall of text most scroll past from going viral, and allows truly entertaining creators who make content that engages others because they’re actually good, a better chance at reaching appreciative viewers.
Plus watch time and all these stats will be GREAT for showcasing your value to sponsors for monetization, and make you look more attractive to brands because you show quality and are thus being rewarded for it with an engaged audience.
I want seamless looping to stay forever, and hope it doesn’t go beyond 30~ seconds for bytes. The fact they’re so short makes it very unique, challenging, and addictive.