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YouTube announces 'shutdown after 8-year experiment'

Last updated on: April 1, 2013 12:53 IST

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In an elaborate April Fool's prank, YouTube has announced that it will be shutting down after eight years and will no longer accept videos.

The company teamed up with The Onion to create a YouTube-star-studded video explaining how the site was set up as part of a contest to find the best home video on the Internet.

"We are so close to the end," Tom Liston, communications director at YouTube, said in the video.

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"Tonight at midnight, YouTube.com will no longer be accepting entries," he added.

According to Mashable, YouTube said every video on the site will be reviewed by a panel of judges and it will take 10 years to watch them all.

The winner will be announced in 2023, when the site finally comes back online.

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In an attempt to make the prank more believable, YouTube will add a live stream of two faux presenters announcing 'Best Video' nominees, which will run on the site for 12 hours, the report said.

Although the stream will start out with the feel of an Emmys or Oscars presentation, it's expected to get a little bit kooky and stranger as the day goes on, it added.

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Google also pulled one such prank. The Internet search giant has asked users to hunt for buried treasure using a new pirate-style "treasure mode" on its maps.

The company posted a video on YouTube explaining how Street View's "underwater team" discovered a chest containing lost maps belonging to pirate William "Captain" Kidd during an expedition to the Indian Ocean.

The video explained how hidden treasure symbols can be unearthed on the maps, which have been digitised by a special 3D nanoscanner, Sky News reports.

According to the report, the treasure includes a telescope-style Street View function, with sepia-tinged images versions of streets across the globe.

Google claims hidden treasure symbols can be uncovered by shining sunlight on a computer screen, by joining phone and tablet maps together like a puzzle, or even by heatting a laptop over the hob


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