When the clock struck midnight, YouTube has kicked off the April Fools festivities with a celebration of its “100th birthday” — a journey into what YouTube would have looked like in 1911, if YouTube or the Internet existed back then.
Those YouTube users who log in are greeted by the “top five viral videos of 1911,” which have already going viral such as “The Irksome Citrus”, “Swing Flummox”, “Buggy Intruder”, “Horse & Buggy Crash”, and “Flugelhorn Feline.”
YouTube has also updated the logo and inserted a classic 1911 button on every video. Clicking it will transform any YouTube video into an old-school motion picture, complete with a grainy yellowish skin and an accompanying early 20th century piano soundtrack to match.
The promotional prank video depicts what some of YouTube’s biggest sensations would have looked like in 1911. It’s tough not to notice the cameo appearances by Annoying Orange, Rickroll (Ruth Roll in 1911 vernacular) and Keyboard Cat (or, as they called him back in the day, Flugelhorn Feline).
YouTube’s prank is a pretty good start to 2011 April Fools Day. It’s going to be an interesting 24 hours. So, what do you think about it?! Tell us your thoughts in the comments. [via Mashable and TechCrunch]