YouTube Shutting Down On April 1 At Midnight?
After 8 years of service YouTube is closing today, April 1 at midnight, as the biggest and most popular video-sharing website in the world is getting ready to choose the best video on its site, according to the official YouTube blog yesterday.
According to YouTube's blog "Nearly eight years later, with 72 hours of video being uploaded every minute, we finally have enough content to close the competition. We've started the process to select a winner and as of tomorrow at midnight, we will be closing the site for submissions."
The YouTube blog went on further to say "And be sure to tune in for Day 1 of our live ceremony from 9 a.m. PT, April 1, when we will begin announcing the "Best Video" nominees. This announcement will resume for 12 hours every day for the next two years." "Thank you for sharing your creativity, irreverence, ideas and knowledge with us and with viewers around the world."
The YouTube management also encourage their YouTube users to hear from their leadership, the minds behind some of their most famous entries, and the panel of judges who will select their nominees, and ultimately, the winner for "Best Video" on their site.
YouTube is supposed to close for the next decade while it reviews every video, and will reopen in 2023 with the winning entry as its only video. You can watch the company's announcement on video here.
If there's any good news that can be taken out of this supposedly bad news is the fact that today is the first day of April, meaning it's April Fool's day and there are lots of Web pranks and phony reports circulating around the Internet on this particular day.
Let's only hope that this big news of YouTube shutting down at midnight today is just one of Google's annual and notorious funny gig to celebrate the April Fool's Day spirit.