YouTube contest

Gotta hand it to Google -- the boys and girls in Mountain View can have some serious fun for April Fools' Day. Each year we get a handful of awesomely funny announcements and videos, including such gems as Google Translate for animals or Google Racing.

Google's getting started a day early this year. This morning it posted a video to YouTube announcing that it's received enough entries to finally pick the best video, and that YouTube will shut down at midnight tonight until 2023, at which time the winner will be announced.

Thanks for all your great entries.
YouTube finally has enough videos to begin selecting a winner.
What do you think is the #bestvideo on YouTube?

We've been thrilled with all of the diverse, creative entries we've seen so far, and we can't wait to begin the process of selecting the best video. We'll be announcing the winner in 10 years. 

The cameos are worth watching as well. Antoine Dodson as a judge? Of course. Taking a shot at unboxings? Love it. iJustine, Rafi Fine. David from "David after Dentist" fame. Awesomesauce.

Check out the video after the break, and get ready for more from Google on Monday.

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Reader comments

Google's 2013 April Fools' gags start with the shutdown of YouTube


I think the Chinese got there first. I'm visiting china and Guss what, there's no YouTube here. Maybe somethings wrong with things on my side but I've tried everything and still no YouTube.

For the cost of producing this video, Google could have kept Google Reader going another five years. 

That's the real joke this April 1st on us fools :)

i am a huge google reader fan and the news of shutting it down was devastating to me, but however i do see google's reason behind closing it, they're not profiting from it deeply. and in calculation of worthiness of costs, they see it this way, keeping google reader running for 5 more years without any real profit isnt as good as the advertisement they gain through the production of a video like this.

Wasn't thinking about Reader specifically but the first thought is how much money and time was spent on all these April Fool's jokes. Didn't realize I was such a debbie downer, LOL

I really like this one and it shows Google has a sense of humour (re: the overblown Reader shutdown melodrama).