UPDATE: Dear readers, as you can see below, my article on Webdriver Torso has changed. You will find some modifications to my evidence, which I hope will still allow you to understand my solution. Well, just to summarize, I have published my solution on the 8th of May, providing some first evidence about the identity of Webdriver Torso, thanks to the website channelgraphs. Since then, I have found more videos, which have been subsequently hidden, including a Facebook and a Twitter profile which are now, respectively, closed and turned private. In the meanwhile, two easter eggs were made by Google, one on youtube, and one on the Doodle. Apparently Google itself has finally confessed. You will see that some of the evidence which I have published are gone. If you ask me why, my reply to you is the following: “dictum sapienti sat est”.
NEW UPDATE: new important details that could reveal the Swiss software house!
NEW UPDATE (12/05/2014): as expected, the reaction from this “swiss software house” has been observed. The 3D promo video has been converted into private this morning, and again, visits from Switzerland came along. Too bad that I have taken screenshots as well of that “Mosquito Highway”. And for those who say that my results are slim, let’s add another piece of evidence to the puzzle. Come on guys, reveal yourself! :)
NEW UPDATE (12/05/2014): more evidence supporting my hypothesis.
LAST UPDATE (13/05/2014): like a swiss clock, the video slideshow that I have published has turned into private. Anyway, there are just too many clues around, like the one that you have left on the Twitter Account, in which someone addresses to Matei. This unveils the last mystery around Webdriver Torso. I am very sorry for revealing all this information, but it was publicly available and I was only curious to find the truth behind this mystery. Let’s put it this way: if you invite me to Zurich, I will pay you and your colleagues a round of Guinness (but no more than ten pints eh!). Peace? :)
(15/05/2014): an Easter Egg turns Youtube into a Webdriver Torso video when you type “Webdriver Torso” on the search bar.
16/05/2014: I really wish to thank Brendan O’Connor of the Daily Dot for quoting me and my theory on his new article. You should totally have a look at it since he revealed some other additional information about the possible identity of Matei which I have not found. In addition, let me put here some more coincidences which I have found yesterday!
18/05/2014: This article has also been mentioned by the Australian Online Newspaper The Vine!
20/05/2014: It appears that those guys are trying to cover the evidence. The Facebook page of Timmy Tester has been turned to private, and so did the video of Matei Gruber riding a bike in Zurich with the Google Glasses, published by the Daily Dot.
Days ago, my friend Franciswolves showed me the mistery of this “Webdriver Torso”. A channel which has published over 77 thousand videos of random nature, with blue and red rectangles and randomly generated sine wave sounds. People were speculating over it: aliens, spies, conspiracies, Cicada 3301 recruiters, youtube trolls, scientists and whatever else.
But today, after six days of intense study over this mistery, I have finally an answer. I know the identity of webdriver torso.
Before that, let’s analyze what happened. This channel has uploaded more than 77 thousand videos of 11 seconds. And most of the people were obsessed by it, ignoring that Webdriver Torso is connected to other three channels:
Webdriver YPP https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCxexYYtOetqikZqriLuTS-g
Webdriver IVPE https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCKvky_c4MzuFGfgspYlzjSA
Ekaterina Basic https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC8sMWxvDSI3jg0NoKamc_-Q
All of which were created on the 7th of March 2013, just like the webdriver torso account. IVPE has something like 40000 videos of similar nature, Ekaterina Basic has 15000 videos, Webdriver YPP has 4000 videos (some of them with random phrases, like “Jim knows about the glass”, “Contact his highness and ask about the pen” etc.)
This means that this Webdriver torso has uploaded more than 130000 videos.
Why? Well, the videos are random. There is no secret code. They are just testing a software.
Yes, because behind Webdriver Torso there is probably a swiss software house (it’s very likely that it is Google Zurich itself) which is working on a multiple uploading video software for youtube.
How do I know this? Because of this website: Channelgraphs. http://channelgraphs.com/channel/UCsLiV4WJfkTEHH0b9PmRklw/graphs
Thanks to channelgraphs I have discovered that the channel “Webdriver Torso” belongs to a network with this name: ytuploadtestpartner_torso.
To this name, it corresponds another youtube channel with few videos, most of them unavailable in my country or private. There is also a promo video of some sort.
Again, this promo video has been converted to private this morning (12/05/2014) but I do have some screenshots of that too:
This promo video is Mosquito Highway, and you can find it online.
But the point is that this youtube channel connects to many google+ profiles full of strange, short videos, most of them quoting some “MULTIUPLOAD”. To the same circle of friends of ytuploadtestpartner_torso we can find:
Ekaterina YPE https://plus.google.com/117592950011574316897/posts
Padraig omurchu padraigtest https://plus.google.com/114794190154089327190/posts
David Boyle https://plus.google.com/106522415094633991521/posts
Most of those videos have been deleted, except some of them… which showed a face, sprayed by me.
These are screenshots of the google+ page, considering that they have switched the videos to private.
Today (11/05/2014), my amazing girlfriend suggested me that those videos which were subsequently hidden may actually reveal something… let’s compare this images with some snapshots of Google Zurich offices found online…
Let’s compare the pictures, shall we?
– The phone model is the same;
– The white desks are of the same type;
– The black seats are of the same type as well;
– Especially those very particular desklamps are of the same type!
Also, the whole channel seems in Romanian… maybe that is the Matei mentioned by Webdriver Torso?
In addition, let’s reveal another “coincidence”. David Boyle has not that many friends among its circle… but one of them is Ted Hamilton, product manager at Google Zurich.
(17/05/2014) And Mr Hamilton actually commented one of those videos. He commented a “default title” of David Boyle by saying “Solid”. You sure know something, Ted! (Many thanks to Vinicyus Macedo for this hint :) )
And apparently even a David Boyle worked for Google. Another coincidence?
But there are many other coincidences. For instance, let’s have a better look at Ytuploadtestpartner Torso Google+ profile… he has other two profiles: One on Facebook, one on Twitter.
The Facebook profile is very funny: “Timmytester777“. This proves that Webdriver Torso has a good sense of humour, since he likes both Aqua Teen Hunger Force and South Park. It’s again full of test videos. But sadly for Timmy, he has only one friend.
There is a reference to Google, but that name seems misspelled. Could he be…
In addition, someone likes Timmy’s picture… someone named Matei!
According to Facebook, this Matei Gruber works for Google Zurich! (Many thanks to Subsonico for this hint :) )
Apparently Matei Gruber is a bike enthusiast. Even Brandon O’Connor, in his article for the Daily Dot, published a video with him riding a bike in Zurich wearing Google Glasses, which has turned into private because this is how Google Zurich likes to cover clues. Anyway, thanks to the hint found by my friend Subsonico today (21/05), he has still a picture on him on his bike took from the Google Glasses (at least according to what the Hashtag says).
That is really a kick-ass bike, Matei. But now please, explain to us, why that bike (or a really similar model) appears in a video of Padraig Omurchu Padraigtest published today?
The same bike appears in other short videos of Ytuploadtestpartner Torso, also with a mountainous background. I bet those are the swiss alps.
Also the Twitter account seems made only for testing, namely Pomtest @pomtorso. This “POM” being veeery recurrent. Additional evidence could be found on this Twitter account (which sadly, got locked right after I have published the screenshots). Like, A LOT of uploads of “aqua”. And… someone from the uploads unit addressing to a colleague named Matei!
As you can see from the account of Pomtorso, there are a lot of uploads of videos with circles, some of them called OutXX, just like the Out42 video on the Ytuploadtestpartner Torso.
And one of them, Out9, leaked into the Webdriver YPP account!
Still, one question remains… who is Ekaterina? As a blogger friend pointed out, it’s very unlikely that someone named Ekaterina could be swiss… right… because Padraig is a typical swiss name and Google Zurich employs only swiss guys. It’s very unlikely that there could be a software engineer named Ekaterina working for google, right?
Oh… and one more thing: on the Ytuploadtestpartner Torso google+ account there is this deleted video, named “Matei’s Cool Video”:
The comment says “This will be scheduled on 2013-10-08″ and it was put there on the 8th of October. Do you know which video has been published on Youtube exactly the day after? The famous video in Paris with the comment “Matei is highly intelligent”!
Quite recently, I think around the beginning of June, a new video was published on the ytuploadtestpartner_torso account, called “Katy’s”. Not that much to see here, just a list of names.
It’s not hard to verify that those names belong almost all to Google programmers, including some names that we already know.
This morning (09/06/2014) I have learned that apparently Google admitted their involvement in this, in a rickrolling theme.
This ends the story behind webdriver torso.
Paolo B. – Soggetto Ventuno