That Weird Part of YouTube

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Klint Finley

I hadn’t seen this last week when I posted about Webdriver Torso, but the BBC reports that Google has admitted to being behind the weird YouTube channel:

In an official statement, Google said: “We’re never gonna give you uploading that’s slow or loses video quality, and we’re never gonna let you down by playing YouTube in poor video quality.

“That’s why we’re always running tests like Webdriver Torso.”

Its light-hearted statement echoes 1980s pop star Rick Astley’s hit song Never Gonna Give You Up in reference to a recent Webdriver Torso video which showed the singer in silhouette.

Full Story: BBC: Google behind Webdriver Torso mystery

(Thanks Deb)

Actually, I think Google did let us down, but ruining the fun of speculating what the channel is actually about. But yes, the truth is also pretty interesting. Who would have thought test patterns would make the jump to streaming internet video?

The RickRoll Video -  one of the now 126,242 Webdriver videos:

Something strange happened when I searched on YouTube for “Webdriver Torso”, on the results page:


Maybe there is more to find?

Learning About Dogs (by Nate Bernot)

Captain Pootie: Asylum Sideshow (by asylumchannel)

Awkward interviews.