How many of you got Rickrolled yesterday? I did, twice – once through an email from a friend and later by YouTube. Not on YouTube, but by the actual YouTube company. Seems they got into the spirit of The Meme that Was Made For April Fools Day by linking all their featured videos on the main page to video of Mr. Astley. In celebration of what might become the biggest meme to date, NewTeeVee has traced the history of the Rickroll all the way back to it’s roots.
May 28, 2007: â€œOfficialâ€? Youâ€™ve Been RickRollâ€™d! upload of Never Gonna Give You Up appears online, courtesy of YouTube user YouGotRickRolled. As of April 2008, it has reached nearly 9 million views.
June 15, 2007: Wigantoday.net declares that â€œthe Astley backlash is beginning.â€? Rickrolling is thus officially here to stay.