Youtube Shutdown Prank

April 1, 2013 by  

Youtube Shutdown Prank, Youtube Shutdown Prank, April Fool’s Day hits Monday, and many websites are already having a bit of fun with users. A YouTube shutdown prank on March 31 was one elaborate ruse that got people buzzing, and CNET shared the details.

The prank was an elaborate ruse that indicated the huge video sharing site was just an 8-year-long contest. The concept teased that Google was finally ready to choose a contest winner, and the site would be going down Sunday night. Since this came on the heels of the news that Google Reader actually is being shut down, some fell for the April Fool’s Day stunt at first. Reported Examiner…

The YouTube shutdown prank had, of course, a YouTube video to go along with it. The video showcases some of the most viral clips shared over the past eight years, and the video says that everything will be deleted Sunday night. The video goes on to say the site will go back online in 2023, with only the winning video.

What do you think of the massive YouTube shutdown prank? Was anybody fooled by it? If not, was it still a fun prank to see, or was it a lame attempt at getting people going heading into April Fool’s Day?

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