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 givesÂ you presents.Â Thanks to the Internet, this is the reason why some of us became victims on April 1st.Â These pranks weren’tÂ 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 givingÂ users the option to convert videos to text only, making the screen look like something out ofÂ “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 siteÂ a whole dollar. I’m not sure how many people bought into that idea, but it was aÂ clever one.
- Bieber Fever – Â 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 toÂ Bieber himself. Funny or DieÂ got a ton of publicity from his fans that wandered overÂ out ofÂ 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 logoÂ to cater to what’s happening.Â On its birthday,Â we see candles. July 4th, fireworks, and so on. In those instances, the Google nameÂ remains intact and creative visualsÂ areÂ added to enhance it. You can imagine the shock of millions as they logged on and saw an entirely different name – “Topeka.” Â 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 sectionÂ on how to properly use the term “Topeka”Â and specifics involving brand identity under the new name. This was probably the prank that affected the larest number of people andÂ many probably thought it was real. Thankfully, it isn’t. Saying you “Topeka’ed” someone sounds a little dirty.
These were just three ofÂ the more popular April Fools’ hijinksÂ from 2010, but there were far more that hit the web that slipped under our radar (4Chan, anyone?).Â In closing, we have to bequeth honorable mentions toÂ Starbucks for Â 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,Â in all of its nonsensical glory, has to offer.