It is difficult to take much news seriously today with all the fakes and jokes being published. April Fool's seems to take on a special meaning in the tech world. As TechCrunch explains
Google takes April Fool's Day very seriously and always comes up with something. Here a few April Fool's highlights as well as links to more April Fool's resources.
: Google's Gmail Paper gag would have your printed emails arriving by the truckload. "You can make us print one, one thousand, or one hundred thousand of your emails. It's whatever seems reasonable to you." The printing and postage costs will be offset with huge ads: "The cost of postage is offset with the help of relevant, targeted, unobtrusive advertisements, which will appear on the back of your Gmail Paper prints in red, bold, 36 pt Helvetica."
Google also has the free in-home wireless broadband service
from your Toilet Internet Service Provider (TiSP).
WiiHelm: For gamers, ThinkGeek is offering the WiiHelm where you move your head around instead of the wiimote. There's a goofy video as well. This may be the best joke this year.
LivePoke: Facebook had a series of fake news feeds. One read, "Introducing LivePoketm! Facebook will dispatch a real live person today to poke a friend of your choice."
TechCrunch announced that they had acquired the assets of F***edCompany.com which would have been interesting had it been true. For those who don't remember the F***edCompany.com website kept tabs on the web companies that were sinking during the days of the dot-com crash.
Starbucks on Twittervision. Online Media Cultist blogs about the giant Starbucks logo that appeared on Twittervision early this morning. It's gone already so if you didn't see it you've missed it.
Cows 2.0: Skype for Cows: "With illiteracy such a problem among cows, Skype is partnering with IBM for moo recognition of Skype commands. Students at the Open University in London are developing moo-to-text conversion."
The Matt Cutts blog was hacked prank: "The Dark SEO Team has had a bit of a beef with Google's Matt Cutts from back in 2005 over URL hijacking. Looks like they've pulled a prank on him today. Matt's blog is down, hacked -- and archives wiped out as well." See also CuttsCon: A Celebration of Madness.
The MMORPG blog lists some of the April Fool's jokes in the World of Warcraft. They write, "The entire World of Warcraft has gone mad. Today being April Fool's Day, madness has spread from the WoW forums to the Azeroth itself. Who said Blizzard doesn't have a sense of humor?"
April Fool's Day Google Search Tool: This custom Google search engine is configured to search only April Fool's resources.
More April Fool's Resources:
CNET's April Fool's Headlines
Wikipedia April 1, 2007
For those who want to remember last years jokes there's also Wikipedia April 1, 2006, Techmeme April 1, 2006 and our April Fool's roundup post from last year.
Update 4-1-08: For the 2008 April Fool's Day entry click here.