YouTube to select best video ever, shut down tomorrow for 10 years

March 31, 2013

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YouTube has posted an unexpected video on its own channel earlier today, reminding everyone that for the last eight years the purpose of the website was find the best video around.

Not many users are probably aware of this and many people have probably forgotten about the competition, but today is the last day for submitting your video and hoping for your chance of winning an MP3 player and a $500 stipend to go into your future creative endeavor. The prize will be awarded in 10 years from now, in 2013, when the site will reopen to only show the winning video.

In addition to reminding users about the contest, YouTube further explained how the winning video will be chosen by its team of dedicated engineers. Apparently every video ever uploaded to the site will be reviewed by a team of 30,000 technicians who will choose a short list for the best video on YouTube.

A final panel comprised of film critics, YouTube celebrities and prolific commentators will actually get to choose the best video and views won’t matter that much. Whether is the official Gangnam Style video that got a bazillion hits or the video of a man feeding bread to a dog that got around 40 hits, they all have an equal chance to win the top prize.

A bunch of well-known YouTube personas also appear in Google’s official video, talking about their hopes of winning the top spot on YouTube, see for yourself:

Naturally, since we have an established presence on YouTube ourselves, we surely hope that one of our videos will actually be selected as the winner. Sadly though, you won’t be able to watch our videos after today – except for the one of them in case it does win the contest – so better grab a coffee and check them all out before Google deletes them.

Note: yes, this is one of Google’s April Fools Day jokes that hit the web a day earlier and yes, we’re aware it’s a joke. No, YouTube is not going anywhere, and yes, we’ll continue to put out great videos for you to enjoy, so don’t forget to subscribe to our YouTube channel. And yes, those are Apple iMacs in the video above whose logos have been hidden. 

Comments

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000058143915 Jack Parker

    This better be an april fools joke

    • You’re kinda stupid

      Ya think?

    • monkeypox69

      Der.

  • Kassim

    It’s a bit early isn’t it?

  • Nacos

    Horrible joke!… even for April’s fool. :)

  • icyrock1

    Google uses iMacs?

    • aholsteinson

      Google loves Apple, they have no qualms with them (contrary to what many Apple fans think), Google’s fight is, and has been since right before the iPhone, with Microsoft.

      • IHATEHIPSTERSSS

        Microsoft? Why?

        • MasterMuffin

          Because you hate hipstersss

          • IHATEHIPSTERSSS

            No.

          • MasterMuffin

            :okay:

    • IHATEHIPSTERSSS

      Everybody uses iMacs.

      • MasterMuffin

        No.

        • IHATEHIPSTERSSS

          :okay:

  • izzyt

    I think I had a mini heart attack! XO

  • Zvazviri

    April 1; here!

  • adam

    this is not a joke i work for google and we will be shutting down youtube later today until further notice,we thank you all for your support and videos and look forward to seeing you in the future

  • Arsenal™

    lol everyone its April!

  • Guest

    nice try google or aa
    not falling for thisd april fools joke

  • http://www.facebook.com/clayton.rodrigues1 Clayton Rodrigues

    nice try google or aa
    not falling for this april fools joke

  • TheBiggie

    LOL !! Even YouTube knows how to April Fool …

  • Binod khanal

    :P

  • http://twitter.com/matter37 Matthew

    I always forget about April Fool’s Day, and this momentarily scared the absolute value of piss out of me.

  • Mehdi Solamannejad

    Happy April’s fool !

  • FRANKENPOLISHLOVER

    At first I had a mini heart attack…
    Then I remembered, it’s April Fools Day!
    Freaked me out though, I really wonder if…
    They’re actually telling the truth…
    I need to download… just incase.

  • http://www.facebook.com/tomer.pollatchek Tomer Pollatchek

    Don’t have to read past the title to say ‘April fools b!tches!’ ;)

  • http://www.facebook.com/mattpet Matt Dowdy

    You should check out one of Google’s other April fools https://www.google.co.uk/intl/en/landing/nose/

  • Michelle Mendez

    Omg! I thought this was for reals! I almost had a Heart Attack! Thank gosh! Hate April Fool’s day! :c