Thursday, April 1, 2010

April Fool’s Day Pranks – Remembering the Top Google Pranks!

April Fool’s Day is a great day where we hear about a lot of strange stories and take some time to make pranks inside the office. But the Web is also enthusiast on this day. A fine example of this is Google. Over the years they have been elaborating their pranks more and more, let’s take a look at some of them:

April Fool's Day pranks and jokes aren't just for school kids. There is plenty of pranking going on in the business world andGoogle is one company that does a great job fooling people on April 1. What will Google's prank be this year?

The history of some rather hilarious April Fool's Day pranks over at the Googleplex in Menlo Park, California may give some other businesses great ideas for creating some innocent pranks.

Google's April Fool's Day pranks

It's hard to pick of favorite, but here is a list of some of Google's past April Fool's Day hijinks

Google Chrome 3D Browser: The 2009 Google Chrome 3D Browser prank blurred everything as if you were watching 3D movies without the glasses.

Google Worldwide Rickrolling: In 2008, Google also announced gDay, a product that could add Adsense to conversations. They also announced a service that could “search pages a day before they’re created.”

Google Toilet Internet Service Provider: The April Fool's Day prank for 2008 had Google lead people to believe that if you flush your toilet you could send your next Gmail message to your friends, family and co-workers. Eh, not so great, Google.

Google Contextual Dating: Google offered the ability to send a mass upload file to their servers in 2006. Sure the idea was a bit silly but since 2006 online dating has exploded, albeit not contextually.

Brain Drink That Makes You Think Faster Google prank: In 2005, Google claimed the human DNA code was read with a special sensor on the lip of a Coke bottle.

Google “Moon” Jobs: Truly a Google classic on April Fool’s Day 2004. A part of the “Google Copernicus Hosting Environment and Experiment in Search Engineering (G.C.H.E.E.S.E.)”, the job ad read:

“This unique opportunity is available only to highly-qualified individuals who are willing to relocate for an extended period of time, are in top physical condition and are capable of surviving with limited access to such modern conveniences as soy low-fat lattes, The Sopranos and a steady supply of oxygen.”

Pigeon Based Ranking System: Google announced on April 1, 2002 that they use pigeons to peck away randomly on their computers to find websites. They claim the pigeons are able to grab information at random, allowing for a more meshed web.

Google's April Fool's Day prank for 2000 told people to just sit in front of your computer and Google will scan your brainwave activity, your past browser history and your mouse movements to figure out where you want to go.

Here's the link to this years prank

Happy April Fool's Day

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