Come April and Google’s best brains get together to fool internet users worldwide. It all started in April 2000, when Google announced a new search technology called MentalPlex which supposedly read user’s mind. It claimed that users didn’t have to type for key words anymore. And a large number of users were turned into scapegoats!
Perhaps the April fool hoax of 2002 was the most famous one. Google finally announced the truth behind their PageRank technology – PigeonRank!! They claimed that they used pigeons to rank pages and also assured users that there was no animal cruelty behind this.
Later in 2005, GoogleGulp was advertised as a beverage which had the potential to increase the drinkers intelligence. Google in fact gave a fictitious theory describing how the neurotransmitters in the brain were enhanced by the drink. They even claimed to have a patent on it!
“Dating is a search problem. Solve it with Google Romance.” Google’s Romance Search was a take on the many online dating websites. The ignorant users who decided to search for their soulmate on Google Romance were in for a shock when they discovered that they were fooled.
Gmail Paper was something that took me in too! Google advertised that they would deliver a hardcopy of e-mails to the user’s doorstep. They also claimed that the images would be printed on high-quality glossy paper! Just like thousands of other users, I clicked on the Gmail Paper link only to find a list of previous April fool hoaxes listed! 🙁
Heard of Google Mobile?? You have to put your phone to your head & think of a query. And when you click on “Try Now”, a list of searches will be displayed. However, a fake list would be displayed. This was yet another brain-teaser from the Search engine giants.
Heard of Bork Bork Bork or Pig Latin?? Google claimed that they offered services in these non-existent languages 🙂
But Google also released their most successful service – Gmail on April fool’s day! Users at that time refused to believe that this was true since a free email service that offers 1GB storage was a fact that was hard to digest!
Being a big fan of Google’s innovative Hoaxes, I’m waiting to see what they have in store for April 2010.