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Rohit Srivastwa [PersonRank 10]

Tuesday, April 1, 2008
11 years ago10,397 views

Now its Orkut's turn :)


rohit11.com/share/outer-court/ ...

Philipp Lenssen [PersonRank 10]

11 years ago #

(Thanks Rohit, added to the post!)

Tony Ruscoe [PersonRank 10]

11 years ago #

Google Sightseeing has one:

googlesightseeing.com/2008/04/ ...

Tony Ruscoe [PersonRank 10]

11 years ago #

And Search Engine Roundtable has gone crazy with four stories, as shown in their logo:


seroundtable.com/img/aprilfool ...



seroundtable.com/archives/0167 ...

John [PersonRank 0]

11 years ago #

Google Calendar has another one:

Try adding an appointment and next to the button "Create Event" you'll see the button "I'm Feeling Lucky". Pressing this button generates a random appointment in your calendar. For example I'm getting "Date with George Bush" or "Date with Jessica Alba."

Pau Tomàs [PersonRank 10]

11 years ago #

"Date with Lois Griffin" LOOOL

moo [PersonRank 1]

11 years ago #

I presume Google Docs offline is your own little joke there Phillip. ;)

asdf [PersonRank 1]

11 years ago #

yeah, not only google docs offline.... also the 1 billion in german vs the one billion in american english got probaby mixed up on purpose I'd say

BUGabundo [PersonRank 7]

11 years ago #

Love that from GDocs with the air plane
heheehe

Roger Browne [PersonRank 10]

11 years ago #

Hey, don't forget where Google got all these ideas from:

"Question: Looking for April Fools gags for our site"
uclue.com/?xq=1678

and there are two other Foolish questions amongst today's legitimate "Recently Answered Questions" here:
uclue.com/

Tony Ruscoe [PersonRank 10]

11 years ago #

Roger, that's brilliant! :-D

Bill Mac [PersonRank 9]

11 years ago #

Yes Roger, that is awesome. April Fools is the new Christmas.

agoogoogler [PersonRank 0]

11 years ago #

[moved from "Google Calendar April Fool's Joke"]

In Google Calendar today, when adding a new event, an extra button labelled "I'm Feeling Lucky" appears. When clicked, it adds a random event at a random date/time on the screen with such descriptions like "Date with Anna Kournikova" or "Date with Angelina Jolie".

Pau Tomàs [PersonRank 10]

11 years ago #

And Blogger gets in the game:

buzz.blogger.com/2008/04/annou ...

Tony Ruscoe [PersonRank 10]

11 years ago #

> And Blogger gets in the game:

Heh. Their video tour is really good!

rkgblog [PersonRank 1]

11 years ago #

Google creates open APIs for everything and thus takes over the world

rimmkaufman.com/rkgblog/2008/0 ...

Rohit [PersonRank 1]

11 years ago #

A new wake up kit!

google.com/googlecalendar/new_ ...

Tim Broder [PersonRank 1]

11 years ago #

i really hope its the gmail time feature

Greg Dickinson [PersonRank 0]

11 years ago #

Try searching for something from the LOLCAT-flavored search box :)

David Phillippo [PersonRank 0]

11 years ago #

To get to the actual googlified page, click on the "NO LOLCAT PLZ" text next to the search box.

Thats if you cant stop your addiction for one day...

Yakov [PersonRank 1]

11 years ago #

What about today without Google search via AltSearchEngines
altsearchengines.com

Tony Ruscoe [PersonRank 10]

11 years ago #

Yakov, that's listed in the post:

<< A website covering alternative search engines urges people to make April 1st the new Annual Day Without Google. >>

Zim [PersonRank 10]

11 years ago #

Wow, april fools, april fools!! Funny things!

[put at-character here]Bill Mac: This is way /better/ than christmas!

Juha-Matti Laurio [PersonRank 10]

11 years ago #

Sending e-mail from the past is possible with Gmail now:)

mail.google.com/mail/help/cust ...

via SANS ISC
isc.sans.org/diary.html?storyi ...

Stephen Tordoff [PersonRank 10]

11 years ago #

Check out XKCD

Jérôme Flipo [PersonRank 10]

11 years ago #

Adsense has a late one: adsense.blogspot.com/2008/04/i ...

Mark Socks [PersonRank 1]

11 years ago #

Heh, the Google Docs Offline was released on March 31.
But nice try :-P

TOMHTML [PersonRank 10]

11 years ago #

My colleague has put an April Fool on the homepage of zorgloob.com
Will you spot it? :-)

Duncan [PersonRank 0]

11 years ago #

omg asciirolled! nice!

flickr.com/photos/thelastminut ...

David Arnold [PersonRank 0]

11 years ago #

My BIG question is: Do Google employees work year around on this, wasting a few hours every week or do they just work full time on all this during March? It's fun, but the effort put into this is insane =P

Keith Chan [PersonRank 10]

11 years ago #

But they get to mainly Google's corporate culture and stir up some news coverage. Attracting more talented people to join Google ;)

James Lamb [PersonRank 0]

11 years ago #

CafePress sends an email announcing its new dating service matching you with other customers who purchased the same products. However, forgets to carry the joke onto their website. Boo!

Rohit Srivastwa [PersonRank 10]

11 years ago #

asciirolled :) :)
Nice one Philipp

Ken Charpie [PersonRank 0]

11 years ago #

Google Docs offline is definitely not part of the April Fool's joke. It was announced on the 31st, not on the 1st.

   "this has to be the silliest joke of them all, because in this day
   and age, nobody is ever offline, so it’s a useless feature."

I disagree. Anyone working on a laptop is going to be without internet service from time to time and will still want access to their docs. This happens to me often, whether at starbuck's (I won't pay for the internet), at airports, or the majority of businesses that do not offer wi-fi. Most of the world does not have free wi-fi access...
...yet.
  
Also, Google has been working towards this kind of functionality for a while with Google Gears. It makes a lot of sense.

Google docs offline is definitely not an April Fool's joke

But great list anyway! I wasn't aware of many of these!

Jen [PersonRank 1]

11 years ago #

Just a heads up – your math on the Microsoft paying people not to use Google bit is completely off. You're missing a few zeros in that calculation.

Hong Xiaowan [PersonRank 10]

11 years ago #

Blogoscoped homepage break?

Colin Colehour [PersonRank 10]

11 years ago #

[put at-character here]Hong, Read this post:
blogoscoped.com/forum/127891.h ...

Jérôme Flipo [PersonRank 10]

11 years ago #

I was reading an article from Le Monde, the most famous French newspaper, about 2008 April Jokes.

The journalist talks about Le Monde's competitor (Libération), which to covers Google's pranks when Le Monde focused extremeironing.com (really not funny)? Then, in the middle of the article, the journalist says: "Libération.fr has chosen to give a hand to a little search engine who goes up: Google".

Being used to Le Monde's style of writing, I don't think he's joking whith the "little" adjective. That's amazing thats journalist still consider "little" a company who is in the top ten NYSE market cap...

lemonde.fr/actualite-medias/ar ...

Eric Burke [PersonRank 0]

11 years ago #

At least one death is now blamed on Google April Fool's jokes: stuffthathappens.com/blog/2008 ...

Tomi Häsä [PersonRank 5]

11 years ago #

About Google Docs offline access, which might not be april fool's joke, because Google has been planning offline access for mobile devices in case they get disconnected, so they won't lose their work:

groups.google.com/group/comp.i ...

Philipp Lenssen [PersonRank 10]

11 years ago #

(I added an update to the post regarding yesterday's jokes :))

Kirby Witmer [PersonRank 10]

11 years ago #

misspelling!

tuned = turned

:)

Doug Aitken [PersonRank 0]

11 years ago #

The Valleywag story joke hidden in the code is brilliant! just thought about that there!
Well done guys

Hong Xiaowan [PersonRank 10]

11 years ago #

[put at-character here]Colin Colehour
Wow, it is a best joke. I think my browser bug. Try IE, then Try FF, OP...

Ryan Corey [PersonRank 0]

11 years ago #

Did you see the one about the Google gPhone feature? Apparently it will be able to tell real breasts from fake ones...(gotta love the picture...)

mobilemammoth.com/mobile-websi ...

Eugene Villar [PersonRank 5]

11 years ago #

The Jon Henshaw post has tons of stuffed keywords in his page.

Mitanshu [PersonRank 1]

11 years ago #

When you chat with en2im[put at-character here]bot.talk.google.com to learn how to save environment .. then in some cases you eventually end up releasing more CO2 in the atmosphere ..

me: is google working
en2im: is Gooooooogle wrkng

me: search the web
en2im: Gooooooogle

me: google
en2im: search the web

James Xuan [PersonRank 10]

11 years ago #

[put at-character here] Roger, is that link an april fools joke too/ i was like at the start...wow, they did all that very fast...and then realised...wait maybe this is a joke too

Roger Browne [PersonRank 10]

11 years ago #

[put at-character here]James: yes the "larrysergey" question was a spur-of-the-moment April Fools joke!

James Xuan [PersonRank 10]

11 years ago #

lol, thanks for clearing that up, it should have been abvious to me, well it was when i thought about it, but still hillarious

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