YouTube to Shut Down for a Decade to Find #BestVideo


Dear YouTube video uploaders. It’s your last chance to get your entries into YouTube. At midnight on April 1st, 2013, YouTube will be shutting down for a decade to begin the process of finding the best video ever uploaded to the site.

The date is, of course, no coincidence. This joins a long line of Google April Fool’s Day jokes that hit us yearly. This is the first but definitely won’t be the last to come out of Mountain View this year; they always have a handful of pranks up their sleeves and they take this day very seriously.

The premise is beautiful. YouTube was created in 2005 as a contest to find the best video ever. The entry period ends and then 30,000 technicians will start the process of narrowing it down to 150,000 videos. From there, an esteemed panel of judges that includes YouTube celebrities, film critics, and prolific commenters will narrow it down to one video. The winner will be announced when the site relaunches in 2023 and will receive an MP3 player and $500.

Those Googlers. Too funny. Here’s their video:

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