Well it wasn't really going to BREAK Youtube, it was more of a Y2K sort of thing. Here, just read this while I head down to the break room to put a Lean Pocket in the microwave, take it out, throw it in the trash, then cry about my life for awhile while people awkwardly try to eat their lunches around me.
When YouTube was first developed, nobody ever imagined that a video would be watched more than 2 billion times, so the view count was stored using a signed 32-bit integer.
The maximum value of this number type, 2,147,483,647, is well known to C programmers as INT_MAX. Once INT_MAX is reached, attempting to record another view will normally roll over to -2,147,483,648.
As for YouTube, upgrading to a 64-bit signed number means that Gangnam Style is safe until it reaches 9,223,372,036,854,775,807 views.
Wow, so Gangnam Style has surpassed 2,147,483,647 views. By standards of taste and decency, that's entirely too many. Now everybody is out there trying to make the next Gangnam Style. And that, my friends, is exactly why the aliens are going to f***ing nuke us without even bothering to make contact.
Thanks to ENCOR, who informed me his current record for Youtube views is 438. Hey -- send me the link and I'll make it 439. If it sucks though I will publicly shame you.