YouTube Clip of the Week – April Fools Edition
Every week we will be releasing our favorite YouTube clip for the week. The YouTube video will be posted on our site, have a feature in the bottom left hand corner of every page and will be sent out via Twitter and Facebook to all our fans!
This week we have probably the best April Fool Prank ever played, reaching a global audience by going viral on YouTube, Twitter and Reddit within hours of launch.
YouTube have won their own award this week with their 2013 April Fools Prank stating that “YouTube is a contest for the best video on the internet and that YouTube will shutdown for a decade while judges watch all the YouTube video’s and decide a winner for the 2023 announcement”.
Sounds farfetched, that’s because it is farfetched. According to the video released on YouTube’s Channel, YouTube started as a Online Video Competition to see who could upload the best video. Submissions into the competition are now “over” and the judging process will now commence.
That was the first video uploaded setting the foundation of their April Fools Day joke. Now, usually after watching something like that you just laugh it off and think “Quiet a large amount of effort for April Fools Day, all those actors. Must have cost them.” That video is just the tip of the iceberg.
Today YouTube streamed a 12 Hour YouTube Contest Nomination LIVE with 2 hosts that read out all the nominations for the YouTube Video Award. Literally, 2 actors/hosts on stage for 12 hours reading YouTube video titles and descriptions.
The dedication that YouTube put into this joke is outstanding. It also makes you question, is it really a joke?