Fools of the past: ASCii Youtube

Well, with this being April Fool’s day again, I’m reminded of the ASCii videos Youtube had a couple years ago. They rather borked it by rolling out some permanent changes on the same day (which most people hoped was just a joke, while many people wanted the joke to remain permanent [insert Alanis Morissette’s “Isn’t it Ironic” song here]), but the video format itself was fun. I am among those who wish that it had been left as a permanent option.

Here is Youtube’s original announcement of the change, and here is a CBS News article about it shortly after the fact.

Unfortunately, there no longer seems to be any way to see videos in this format. However, if you search Youtube for “TEXTp”, you can still find some videos that people recorded and then re-uploaded, such as this one:


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