April Fools Google

Google Does Have a Sense of Humor!

Google Changes it Name

Google in the spirit of April Fools Day changed it name to Topeka.  Read Google’s Press Release here.

“Early last month the mayor of Topeka, Kansas stunned the world by announcing that his city was changing its name to Google. We’ve been wondering ever since how best to honor that moving gesture. Today we are pleased to announce that as of 1AM (Central Daylight Time) April 1st, Google has officially changed our name to Topeka.”

Google Romance Released

Google also released  Google Romance, which let’s you “pin all your romantic hopes on Google.”  See it here http://www.google.com/romance/.

“When you think about it, love is just another search problem. And we’ve thought about it. A lot. Google Romance™ is our solution.”

Where Am I?

Google also announced a new mobile search dubbed “Where am I”.  Try getting on your mobile phone and search “Where am I”.  Google told me I was on a Chess Board at position “E4”.  Read Google’s Press Release here.

So let us know where you are.  I wonder how many different places Google can send us to.

Some other subtle pranks I found:

Search Results

Try running a search on Topeka (ie google.com).  This is what I got.

Results 110 of about 361,000,000 for real estate [definition]. (0.03 femtogalactic years)

Some other results you might find are; or example microfortnights, microweeks, nanocenturies, epochs, femtogalactic years, parsecs, 23.00 skidoo, jiffies, shakes of a lamb’s tail, gigawatts, hertz, Planck times, centibeats, centons, and warp factors.

YouTube

The logo of YouTube was changed to an ASCII-style one made out of 1s.

They also announced TEXTp video quality.  You’ve heard of HD formats like 720p and 1080p. Today they are offering a new way to experience YouTube: text-only mode or TEXTp. Try it out by clicking on some of the videos on the home page.  You can read more at: http://youtube-global.blogspot.com/

Google Voice

Google placed a New! Standard Voicemail Mode link in the Google Voice main page.

Gmail vowels

The home page of GMail (English version), including its logo, has been disemvowelled which means all the vowels have been removed.

Chrome Sounds

Google created a new extension, Chrome Sounds.  Taking an earful of inspiration from the HTML5 audio tag, we’ve spent the past few months deep in psychoacoustic models, the Whittaker-Nyquist-Kotelnikov-Shannon sampling theorem, Franssen effects, Shepard-Risset Tones, and 11.1 surround sound research to build a cutting-edge audio-driven user interface for our users, available through a new Chrome extension. With this extension, Chrome will provide audio feedback as you browse to web pages and interact with the browser.

Picasa

New! Tired of boring 4×6 photos? LifeSizeTM them.

Miniature portraits in gaudy gold frames are out. Stand-up, life-size cardboard cut-outs are in. Make yours today here.

Have fun with these search results:

So it is nice to see that Google has a sense of humor.  So what pranks did you pull today?

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7 thoughts on “April Fools Google

  1. So the April Fools Joke with Topeka has taken us all by surprise, however it did do one thing in my opinion, It has now made MANY americans and many people around the world aware of the presense of a Topeka, Kansas, as I didn’t even know a place named Topeka existed. It has sparked an Idea, which I would require to call upon ALL TOPEKANS, as us at Temple of groove would love to configure a Social Network application geared Specifically towards Topekans, We will name this Topekas as a combination of Topeka and Kansas. If we find support this would be in the works. Email us at info@templeofgroove.com or visit us at http://www.templeofgroove.com/ as we have already purchased http://www.topekas.org/

    Regards,

    Hemant Kohli
    http://www.templeofgroove.com/

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