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

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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).

Here is how i am making 85$ an hour... After been without work for 6 months, i started freelancing over this website and now i couldn't be happier. After 3 months on my new job my monthly income is around 15k a month... Cause someone helped me telling me about this job now i am gonna help somebody else... Check it out for yourself > http://tinyurl.com/crfkmvo

Hey I think we work together. I'm at the same company, I worked really hard the last 2 months, 12 hours every day. I made over 60k in the past 2 months!! All tax free!!

I'm do for a promotion soon, they will boost my $85/hr to $140/hr after my 3 month probationary period is over. Also after a year they give you a million dollar bonus for being loyal to the company! I love it!! It's hard work but within 5 years I should be up to 700/hr at this company, and all I have to do is watch cat videos!!