YouTube to shut down, announce winner on April Fool's Day

Year after year, Google pulls the best pranks. It'll be tough for Maps or Gmail to top this tomorrow.

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.

Slow clap, YouTube. Slow, building clap.

Update: Apparently Google April Fool's 2013 product line is more extensive. Here's a bunch more:

And in honor of YouTube's shuttering, here are some of my favorite iMore videos over the years.

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YouTube to shut down, announce winner on April Fool's Day


(Non-trolling) Question....besides that video, you don't watch any other YouTube videos & don't use Google for search??

This was a good video. I enjoyed seeing some of the video sensations on you tube. A great promotion to get people to load up their videos tonight. YouTube shutting down... Yeah Right!

With all the issues from Gmail and Drive being unavailable lately, YouTube may crash accidentally. Self-fulfilling prophecy. Can't wait until everyone starts freaking out tomorrow at the office.

If this really does happen there will probably be protests and utter chaos around the globe. All businesses will shut down tomorrow because all employees won't have cat videos to watch at work. Everyone barricade yourselves inside tomorrow the world might end...haha

Was this why youtube wouldn't load at all yesterday? I kept trying and it would stall completely. That being said, I found the video to be hilarious. You might be able to fool SOMEONE with it until the see the until 2023 haha.

If nothing else, this freaked out my parents. But they're old and gullible. Nevertheless, props to the video Google. Well played.

YouTube won't shut down. But I did watch all those old videos, great stuff as always. We need more torture test videos for stuff again. How about the Incipio Atlas vs Seidio OBEX vs Otterbox Armor vs LifeProof?

I just feel bad for the technician that gets assigned to review all the "Call Me Maybe" covers and also for whoever gets the task of reviewing all of the (insert every white chick that thinks she can sing) covers of Lana Del Ray songs.

-seriously, why does every young white chick with the slightest vocal talent insist on covering Lana Del Ray!!??!!?? This is definitaly a thing & it really needs to stop....even SHE can't sing her own songs well!!!

I'll have to admit, I almost fell for it. But got my senses back, thought a little and boom, YouTube shutting down!?! Definitely fooling us! Good one google!

You have to give it to Google, even if you're not a fan of their products, they really go all out for there April Fools jokes. Pretty funny stuff here.

As I sat here and played the video, my wife kept looking over from the other side of the room with this weird look on her face. She could only hear the video, not see it. She had this look of WTF? Too funny.

UGH! I hate the fact that YouTube is still blocked in my country... Stupid government! :S

Oh well... Hot Spot - time to initialize! ;)

Ha ha got my daughter to believe it really happening she has been downloading all her and her friends videos she been at it for a few hours now

Love the Google Nose idea - Smelling is believing. LOL.The cover picture on its page is too funny.

I know one of the actors on the video, and he's still playing the role on his FaceBook and riding April Fools as far as he can!