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Best YouTube Video Ever? Google Plays an April Fool Prank!

Samyak Lalit | April 1, 2013 (Last update: August 20, 2023)

Samyak Lalit is an Indian author and disability rights activist. He is the principal author and founder of projects like TechWelkin, WeCapable, Viklangta, Kavita Kosh among many others.

So, do you know which is the best YouTube video ever?

Google is known for making fool of the world on every April’s Fool’s day. Google pranks are sometime so elaborate that a high number of Internet users believe them to be true. Today is the April Fool’s day of 2013 and Google chose its YouTube platform to bamboozle unsuspecting people.

Google announced that the YouTube service is going to shutdown at the end of today as it was nothing but an eight-year long contest to select the best ever video. Google also said that now the “contest” is over and it was time to declare the winner!

They posted a 3:32 minutes long video on YouTube homepage. The video elaborates how YouTube was just a competition and “It’s finally time to pick the winner”

“We are so close to the end. Tonight at midnight, 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.”

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.”

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YouTube even roped in Antoine Dodson, who became an Internet sensation when a musical version of his 2010 TV interview about a house intrusion was posted on YouTube. Dodson said,  “I encourage everybody to watch as many videos as possible before YouTube deletes everything tonight.”

The video goes on and Tim Liston says that “Distinguished” film critics, YouTube celebrities and some of the site’s “most prolific” commentators are on the judges’ panel.

Don’t forget to take a look at our infographic that illustrates some very interesting facts about YouTube. 60 hours of video is uploaded on YouTube in every minute and more than 4 billion videos are watched every month. Know more such facts!

Here is the prank video posted on YouTube homepage:

I hope it was useful or interesting information for you. Please feel free to comment and ask any questions that you may have. I will be happy to try and answer.


One response to “Best YouTube Video Ever? Google Plays an April Fool Prank!”

  1. Kraftsmann Machinery says:


    Nice but no one will became fool……who are familiar with the company…

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