YouTube To Shut Down After An 8-Year Search For The ‘Best Video Ever’

[Update 4/1/13 9:43 a.m. PST] Watch “Day One” of YouTube’s live ceremony as they announce the “Best Video” nominees. This announcement will resume for 12 hours every day for the next two years.

Today, YouTube released a video announcement on their official blog announcing that they will be shutting down after 8 long years of servicing online content creators and fans all over the world. The blog explains that YouTube started in 2005 with the intention to find an “inventive way to draw people in and catalyze their creativity.” The result evolved into a contest for the best video on YouTube.

The YouTube blog stated:

“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 to submissions.”

Here are some tweets from YouTube employees and creators regarding the announcement:

 

 

 

The announcement video below features hopeful contestants including KassemGiJustine, Charlie Bit My Finger, David After Dentist and Where the Hell is Matt.

YouTube will be streaming day one of their live ceremony (video stream above) tomorrow from 9 a.m. PST, April 1 to announce the “Best Video” nominees. This announcement will resume for 12 hours every day for the next two years.

Thank you YouTube for everything you’ve down in the last eight years. NMR is grateful and will miss covering you guys until you announce the winner in 2023. Godspeed!