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YouTube Disappears: Real or Practical Joke?
By: Aprel Phelps Downey
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For the past eight years YouTube has been the go-to Internet video destination for virtually everything including dancing babies, acrobatic dogs, music videos, and how-to guides. Parents have relied on it as a virtual tutor for assistance in helping their kids with homework assignments. Singers have become overnight musical sensations after uploading home-shot music videos. It is the place for bloopers, practical jokes, and video diaries. Now it seems all these viral videos may soon be in search of a new home.
Rumor has it that YouTube has simply been nothing more than a competition to find the best video submission since its website debut in 2005.
A judging panel is in place and technicians are busy reviewing every single video submission uploaded to the website over the last eight years. Among the judges are notorious YouTube celebrities such as Antoine Dodson of the acclaimed Antoine Dodson news blooper video that has registered over 52 million views since making its debut on the website approximately two years ago. Additional judges include noted film critics and established YouTube viewer commentators.
This team of judges will work alongside 30,000 technicians to review each and every video ever submitted to YouTube since 2005. According to Tim Liston, YouTube competition director, the site receives approximately 70 hours of new footage each minute of operation. For that reason alone it will take the judging panel the next ten years to review the monumental amount of video submissions.
Although YouTube will no longer be accepting new video submissions, viewers can watch the first 12 hours of judging procedures through a live Internet stream on the website. After that, the website will go dark for the next ten years as judges weigh each and every one of the over 150,000 videos.
When the last video has been reviewed sometime in 2023, the judging panel will stand ready to declare a winner of the eight-year-long contest. The winning video will receive an MP3 Player and a $500 stipend towards the next creative video project. In addition to the fabulous cash and prizes, the winner will also be the featured video on YouTube when it comes roaring back to life after a decade of being silent.
YouTube is a hot commodity of Internet search engine giant Google. This is a company that recently announced that it is letting go of some applications, such as Google Reader and Google Cloud Connect, as it changes operational direction. Google has shocked the Internet world by announcing that YouTube will venture offline by midnight on April 1st.
Now viewers must head over to www.youtube.com to figure out if this really is part of Google’s spring cleaning plan or simply the best April Fool’s joke ever!  

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About the Author
Aprel Phelps Downey is a writing/marketing professional who holds more than seven years marketing experience, including all aspects of promotional and informational campaigns and website development.  To learn more about Aprel please visit her website at www.aprelphelpsdowney.com or follow her on twitter: @aphelpsdowney.
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