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YouTube Says It Will Shut Down Until 2023 To Select “The Best Video”

Submitted by on April 1, 2013 – 10:58 amNo Comment

April Fools, Internet. YouTube started the festivities early by releasing a hilarious video saying that their entire eight-year history has just been a giant contest to find the best video on the internet- a contest now closing itself to new entries and moving into the judging phase.

Wow, they put a lot of effort and some high production values into this prank. I especially liked the cheery background music and matter-of-fact tone- as if everyone knew that YouTube was just a contest.

More gullible internet users are liable to freak out when they hear that the site is going to shut down for a decade and “delete everything.” (Though Facebook, Twitter, Vimeo, and DailyMotion would probably be happy).

By the way, if YouTube were to choose just on popularity, the winner would Gagnam Style with almost a billion and a half views. All of the top 30 most popular videos are music, except for “Charlie Bit My Finger” at number six.

Tech companies always seem to take April Fools Day pretty seriously, perhaps because they have such a wide reach for potential prank victims. Google (which owns YouTube) often has some memorable jokes. This year’s gags include the announcement of Google Nose, an enhanced olfactory experience (perhaps spoofing all the hype around Google Glass); and Google Treasure Maps.

In one year past, YouTube “Rickrolled” any user who clicked a video on their homepage.

I’d almost be glad if YouTube was just one big contest- it would explain a lot. Seriously, seventy-two hours of video uploaded every minute? That’s way more virtual reality than actually reality.

What are your favorite April Fool’s Day pranks online this year?

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