YouTube is ready to select a winner. It has announced a competition to find the best video ever. Over 30,000 judges will be culling through the good, the bad, and the ugly to find the best of the worst online. To accomplish this, YouTube has announced that it is shuttering its service until 2023, when it will announce the winner.
"We're so close to the end," explains YouTube's "Competition Director," Tim Liston, in a video announcing the news. "Tonight at midnight, YouTube.com will no longer be accepting entries. After eight amazing years, it is finally time to review everything that has been uploaded to our site and begin the process of selecting a winner."
It’s a great way to celebrate April Fool’s Day.
Yes, of course it is a hoax. But it is a darn fun one, and a great way to promote YouTube and all the crazy wonderful memes it’s spawned, and successes it’s had over the years.
Google has produced a witty video filled with real-life YouTube celebrities to demonstrate the diversity of content on the site, and the ability for anyone to be a video star. YouTube celebrities are shown announcing why they want to be selected as the best video on YouTube. "I'd better win," says Matt Harding of "Where the Hell is Matt? 2012" fame. "Otherwise, all those years travelling the world were just an expensive waste of time."
In addition to YouTube glory, the winner will also walk away with an Mp3 player that clips to their sleeve and $500 toward their next creative endeavor…perhaps another April Fool’s Day hoax video like this one.