Closing time at YouTube: Shutting down in Google spring-clean offensive #bestvideo

YouTube is shutting down. Closing. It will cease to be. The experiment has expired. It is an ex-Google-product

YouTube closure

This is the end. Google (NASDAQ:GOOG) is getting rid of YouTube. In its latest bout of spring cleaning, the video experiment is going the way of Wave, Reader, and Buzz.

In IT Blogwatch, bloggers try to nail it to its perch.

Your humble blogwatcher curated these bloggy bits for your entertainment.

Katharine Lackey is our personal servant-savant:

YouTube announced on Saturday that it will shut down the site on April 1, saying...that after 8 years, it was time to review all the videos uploaded to the site and select a winner. ... Every video...will be reviewed by the site's 30,000 technicians...for a panel to select the best video.

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The winner of the contest will be announced when the site goes back online in 2023.  MORE

Edwin Chan adds the level of po-facedness prescribed by Baron Paul Julius Freiherr von Reuter (née Israel Beer Josafat):

Google Inc...describes how the website will wind down as some 30,000 technicians begin to trawl through 150,000 clips. ... The winner gets a $500 stipend.

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Several YouTube viewers appeared...dumbfounded, while others expressed sadness.  MORE

Indeed so. ROBLOXfactory was one such potty-mouthed commentator:

*** i spent all my ****ing time makeing videos on like ****in 3 channels.. HOW THE **** WAS I SUPOTE TO KNOW YOUTUBE WAS A ****ING CONTEST??? :(((((

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I WILL CRY!!  MORE

Ellen Whitney states the bleedin' obvious:

I think I good majority of the population probably had a mini heart attack after initially hearing the news.

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Youtube has become such an integral part of many brands' social strategy, and...entertainment source for others, that it's hard to imagine our world without this platform.  MORE

And lovleighsparkle feels let down:

that is cruel we should still be able to watch the videos, you tube has become so much more than this contest.  MORE

But Mustafa Hanif must have a moan:

In Pakistan we lost youtube 6 months ago :(  MORE

Meanwhile, Scott Wilson has a suggestion for Jonny Ive's design skills:

I hope iJustine wins because I find her attractive and we might get married someday if I save her life from ninjas or something.  MORE

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