April Fools Around The Web
This post is not an April Fools day prank. Or is it? No, it’s not. Trust us, you know you can. Or…
Companies like to have a good time with April Fools, they like to shed their often-grim corporate structure and have a little fun with their fans. We’ve compiled a list of some of our favorite April Fools day pranks as found on sites around the web. Dig deep, do some exploring, because some are quite intricate and fun. Maybe they’ll inspire you for next year or maybe they’ll haunt you as you cary on your day knowing you might just be an unknowing victim..
Google has gone April Fools all over the place. First, there’s Gmail Motion, an innovative product that allows users to forget their mouse and keyboard and use body motions (Kinect-style) to compose and reply to emails. Google’s “patented spatial-tracking technology” detects body movements and translates them into characters and commands.
Then there’s the job posting for Google Autocompleters. The posting notes that “as a Google Autocompleter, you’ll be expected to successfully guess a user’s intention as he or she starts typing instantly. In a fraction of a second, you’ll need to type in your prediction that will be added to the list of suggestions given by Google. Don’t worry, after a few million predictions you’ll grow the required reflexes.” Sounds doable.
But Google didn’t stop there. They’ve also announced that after “following some rigorous user testing of 41 different fonts, investigating how each affected user experience, we discovered one font consistently outperformed all others when it comes to user satisfaction, level of engagement, understanding web content, productivity, click-through rates and conversion rates: Comic Sans.” Comic sans for everyone? Just what we’ve all been dying for.
As YouTube announced on its blog, “today, we celebrate 100 years of YouTube, and we thought we would reflect on our inaugural year with a re-print of our first blog post from 1911. In honor of this milestone, today’s homepage is a reproduction of how you might have viewed it 100 years ago.” What does this mean? It means that videos have a “1911 button” which turns your clips into a grainy, sepia toned clip whose audio has been replaced by old silent film piano music, much like it would have been when YouTube first started in 1911… Hah.
Additionally, YouTube released a promotional video depicting the “top five viral pictures of 1911.” The video depicts some of YouTube’s most popular videos as they would have looked in 1911, including Ruth Roll (Rickroll) and Flugelhorn Feline (Keyboard Cat).
Groupon has filed a patent application for April Fool’s Day. Why? Well, “Groupon’s acquisition of the previously unprofitable April Fools’ Day™ gives consumers more choices and better options. You’ll never again be confused by other corporations’ April 1 pranks, since Groupon will be taking friendly, but swift, but hostile, legal actions against any nonlicensed April Fools’ Day™ joke.” Their website even names all of the corporations that have already violated the trademark (most of which are mentioned in this post) and allows users to view the letters that each company has been sent.
How annoying is it when you’re walking down the sidewalk and can’t find a Starbucks anywhere in sight? Well, Starbucks has a solution. Using location-based functionality, Starbucks has announced the Starbucks Mobile Pour App, which will bring a barista on a scooter to deliver your coffee. They will be sending out two scooter baristas per every square mile in seven of the country’s largest cities to ensure speedy service. How nice.
The pranks most definitely don’t stop there, there’s hundreds of other great pranks all over the web. Here’s a list of some other great ones you can explore into:
–Hootsuite: Happy Owls (Tired of it only being about angry birds?)
–Hulu: Back to 1996 (Miss Times New Roman, flashy text, and invasive banners?)
–Denny’s: Bacon Scented App (Wanna smell bacon from your phone?)
–Virgin: Richard Branson Buys Pluto, Reinstates it as a Planet
–Funny or Die: All About Rebecca Black (Filled with specials such as “Which Seat Should I Take?)
–Ryanair: Child Free Flights Starting October 2011 (Mmmm…)
–Huffington Post: Announcement to New York Times Employees- You must now pay for our content
Now go be original. Happy Pranking!
By: Daniela Cuevas