10 years of YouTube ads

YouTube has celebrated its tenth anniversary with a look back at the greatest ads on the platform.

Users could vote for their favourite video from the twenty most watched ads of all time; the top five include ‘The Epic Split feat. Van Damme’, Always’ viral #LikeAGirl campaign, and the Dove Real Beauty Sketches.

YouTube also reminisced over its community highlights, releasing a nostalgic video per day as part of ‘From A-Z: A letter a day throughout May’, which it described as a ‘look back at some of the most memorable moments, from the silly to the profound’.

Watch #LikeAGirl below and play YouTube’s commemorative quiz here.

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YouTube stars reveal the secrets of their success to marketers

YouTube's creatorsA new documentary that goes behind the scenes of successful YouTubers has been launched.

The Creators, premiered last week by The Drum, stars famous vloggers such as Zoella and twins Niki & Sammi.

The 30 minute film was shown at the Curzon Soho cinema to marketers and agency executives, who were eager to learn more about the impact of the online platform and its stars.

Anomaly London executive creative director, Alex Holder, commented on the phenomenon: ‘for any brands talking to young people, YouTube needs to be part of the answer’.

Being authentic, providing regular content, and working on charisma is some of the advice that the vloggers give in the documentary.

Find out more about YouTube’s impact on brands here and tell us if you follow any vloggers.

The infinite chocolate trick

Infinite chocolate trickHave you seen the intriguing ‘infinite chocolate trick’?

The grainy video, which has been on YouTube for eighteen months, is gaining a new lease of life on social media.

It shows a chocolate bar being cut across three angles, with the pieces then moved around – except when it’s supposedly reconstituted, there’s a piece of chocolate left over.

Watch the trick below and tell us if you’ve worked out the secret.

What the world’s biggest websites looked like at launch

Old GoogleMashable has created a gallery revealing how some of the world’s biggest websites looked like on the day of their launch.

As the Internet is a world of constant innovation, it is hard to picture what it looked like in the Nineties.

It is even harder to imagine treasured websites we all use today.

Mashable, with the help of the Wayback Machine, allows us to view the original designs of famous websites such as Google, YouTube, and Facebook.

Take a look at the gallery here and tell us what you think about it.

‘YuleTube’ celebrates 2014’s viral videos

YuleTubeFord has released a festive film referencing some of the most viral YouTube videos of 2014.

Ford’s ‘Yule Tube’ is a short stop-motion film, which spoofs popular videos like ‘Spider Dog’, ‘Dove real beauty sketches’, and ‘Coca Cola Christmas Truck’, as well as other pop culture references like Frozen and LEGO.

The film was painstakingly put together from footage shot over thirty hours, using lovingly handcrafted elements.

Watch the short below and let us know what you would have included.

Warhol digital art discovered on floppy disks

A collection of digital artwork by legendary artist Andy Warhol has been rediscovered after nearly thirty years.

In 1985, Warhol used an Amiga computer to demonstrate its graphic design software, saving his experiments on floppy disks which were kept in the Andy Warhol Museum’s archives.

The art was long-forgotten, until artist Cory Arcangel found a YouTube video of the Amiga product launch and started an investigation into the lost disks.

Twenty eight digital images, including a recreation of Warhol’s iconic ‘Campbell’s Soup Cans’, have been successfully restored.

Find out more about the art here and tell us what you think of Warhol’s digital designs.

LEGO in numbers

Did you know that over 500 billion LEGO bricks have been made since 1958? This fact and more have been revealed by a YouTube channel in a fun new video.

Alltime Numbers’ gives a variety of interesting statistics about the popular toy, including how many hours have been spent playing with LEGO, the company’s history, and the location of all the LEGOLANDs in the world, demonstrating the bricks’ universal appeal.

Watch the video below to discover some LEGO trivia and let us know if you know any other unusual facts about the iconic toy.


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