April Fool’s – YouTube to shut down
In an April Fool’s day prank, YouTube has announced this sunday evening that it was going dark for the next ten years and that the site was just an eight-year contest to find the best video. YouTube team have just announced in a 3:32 minute video posted on their homepage that time has come to finally pick the winner. The message released was simple saying the world’s most popular video-sharing website would close at the end of the day to review all the video submissions it has received over the years, and would announce the best one in 2023. “We are so close to the end. 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,” said Tim Liston, named as “competition director.” Users have uploaded more than 70 hours every minute to the site, YouTube estimated
YouTube CEO Salar Kamangar said that “we started YouTube in 2005 as a contest with a simple goal: to find the best video in the world.” Renowned film critics, YouTube celebrities and other well established commentators are on the judges’ panel. The Google-owned online video sharing venue said less than two weeks ago that more than a billion people now use YouTube each month, with viewing on smartphones helping drive growth. The YouTube team noted that nearly one out of every two people on the Internet visits the website, which has grown into a global hit since its launch. Google bought YouTube in 2006 for $1.65 billion although it has never disclosed whether the service has turned a profit or not. In the recent past, YouTube has continued to add professional content ranging from full length television shows and movies as well as amateur video offerings that are targeted at advertisers.