Were You One of April’s Internet Fools?

April 6th, 2010 |

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Soaking in the world and spitting it out, one blog post at a time. Consider me the Clark Kent of web stories without the cool glasses, the fancy suit and, well, the muscles.

Let’s face it, April Fools’ Day isn’t the same as you get older. You kind of push it aside like the Easter Bunny or the fat man in the red jump suit that gives you presents. Thanks to the Internet, this is the reason why some of us became victims on April 1st. These pranks weren’t the standard “Rick Roll.” No my friends, these were very plausible situations and some people (myself included) forgot it was April Fools’ Day and took them to heart. Here are three of my favorites:

  • YouTube – The video site took a step in a strange direction by giving users the option to convert videos to text only, making the screen look like something out of  “The Matrix.” The option was noted under “TextP” and YouTube claimed that for every second you spent in “TextP” mode, you would be saving the site a whole dollar. I’m not sure how many people bought into that idea, but it was a clever one.

  • Bieber Fever –  Funny Or Die caught the Bieber bug as the site announced that it had been bought by singer Justin Bieber. The site’s logo became “Bieber or Die” and videos of Justin were pretty much the only thing on the main page. I have to hand it to the site and even to Bieber himself. Funny or Die got a ton of publicity from his fans that wandered over out of curiosity. Bieber also appealed to a broader, more adult (though probably less mature) audience by showing his sense of humor.

 

  • Google’s Name Change – Google is known for changing its logo to cater to what’s happening. On its birthday, we see candles. July 4th, fireworks, and so on. In those instances, the Google name remains intact and creative visuals are added to enhance it. You can imagine the shock of millions as they logged on and saw an entirely different name – “Topeka.”  Clicking on it led you to the Google Blog where we learned that the name change came in honor of Topeka, Kansas, which is informally going by the name “Google” for a month. Adding to the reciprocity was a section on how to properly use the term “Topeka”  and specifics involving brand identity under the new name. This was probably the prank that affected the larest number of people and many probably thought it was real. Thankfully, it isn’t. Saying you “Topeka’ed” someone sounds a little dirty.

These were just three of the more popular April Fools’ hijinks from 2010, but there were far more that hit the web that slipped under our radar (4Chan, anyone?). In closing, we have to bequeth honorable mentions to Starbucks for  introducing new cup sizes and to CollegeHumor for opening In-N-Out Burger in NYC. Can’t wait until next year to see what the Internet, in all of its nonsensical glory, has to offer.

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Sunil Ramsamooj