YouTube’s “Top 5 Viral Pictures of 1911”


Skiddoo your kids! Skiddoo your wife! YouTube’s April Fool’s joke is pretty fantastic: a wildly clever glimpse at what the site would’ve looked like back in 1911, appropriating a laundry list of 2011-era memes for the horse-and-buggy set. (Try and name them all, or just click here.)

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It’s hard to believe that just a century ago, YouTube was a fledgling video site for paupers and presidents alike. Today, we celebrate 100 years of YouTube, and we thought we would reflect on our inaugural year with a re-print of our first blog post from 1911. In honor of this milestone, today’s homepage is a reproduction of how you might have viewed it 100 years ago. Check out some of the most popular videos of the time and be sure to try out our new upload mode which summons a horse-drawn carriage to pick up your video submission from your home. Here’s to another epoch of great video!

Mostly, though, I just want to scope out YouTube 2111. Someone make it happen.