Google has begun its yearly unveiling of April Fool’s Day jokes with some clever new ideas that probably come up in strategy meetings throughout the year.
Google Nose. Searching a query on Google and clicking the ‘Nose Beta’ button can only find this ‘service’. The service isn’t real of course, but you can read about its features on Nose’s homepage. Funniest bit?
Don’t ask, don’t smell: For when you’re wary of your query – SafeSearch included.
More Google jokes are on the way… A video posted on YouTube earlier claimed that YouTube was an 8-year contest to find the best video in the world and the site would close forever at midnight tonight.
Another joke included the unveiling of Google Treasure Maps. It’s a service by Google to help you find treasure in cities.
Next up is Gmail Blue. The ‘new’ Gmail adds a blue tint to the Gmail web app. You can view the full promo video below. Is this a dig at Microsoft Blue?
Google SCHMICK is another fun Maps joke based out of Australia. SCHMICK allows you to view your home on Google Maps Street View and ‘decorate’ your house with themes. Here is the sample picture:
Google+ received an April Fools update of its own, titled ‘Google+ Photos +Emotion‘. The update allows you to add emoticons to photos to express people’s feelings in the picture. The photo from Erik Murphy’s Google+ showing Google+ Photos +Emotion is available below.
Google also announced Google Wallet Mobile ATM today, a device that lets users get cash ATM-style from their smartphone. According to Google, the mobile ATM device “easily attaches to most smartphones and dispenses money instantly and effortlessly– forever ending your search for the nearest bank or ATM.”
While the ATM joke is clearly not as good as some of the others, it’s certainly interesting to see how far Google goes with April Fool’s Day.
Do you like AMC’s The Walking Dead? If so, you’ll definitely like Google’s Levity Algorithm in Google Apps. The Internet Giant introduced it today, said it’s “carefully tuned to help you spice up even the most boring of work days,” and even made an ad starring Steven Yeun to announce the
Google has long allowed users to look up what terms and searches are hot and trending, but now it features Cold Trends. The new section offers example trends with less than 500 searches each, such as: “Y2K,” “Pogs Hologram Slammer,” and “Macarena Step-by-Step.”
Google Fiber revolutionized the Internet and now it is bringing a whole new meaning to mobile web. Google introduced “Google Fiber to the Pole” today, and it’s literally a connectivity box affixed to Fiber-toting poles that provides “ubiquitous gigabit connectivity to Fiberhoods across Kansas City.” The ad below depicts some Fiber users camping outside and taking advantage of Google’s latest April Fool’s Day product:
We’ll be sure to update as more April Fools Day jokes appear. Feel free to add any others in the comments.