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Friday, March 28, 2008

Google Fool's Day

It's just four more days for the great Fool's day. Any guesses what Google's prank will be?

Well, most of the April Fool's day was celebrated by Google in its own way. In 2000, they went way for ahead and announced MentalPlex that will predict the search query and will eliminate the task of manually typing in the query.

In 2002, it was Pigeon Rank that was a pun on the technology behind Google's search, Page Rank.

In 2004, it was Google Lunar/Copernicus Center that planned an research center in Moon with job openings.

In 2005, Google brought out their great product, Gmail. It was announced on April 1st. On the same day, they also announced Google Gulp, a fictious drink that will optimize one's use of Google's search engine by increasing the drinker's intelligence.

In 2006, it was Google Romance, a search engine to find the perfect partner.

In 2007, it was a double prank. They announced Gmail paper which will print email (along with attachments other than audio and video) in recycled paper and mailed to the person free of cost. They also planned to put ads on one side of the paper!

The other one was Google TiSP, or, Toilet Internet Service Provider. It was to make use of toilet and sewage lines to provide broadband internet up to the speed of 32 Mbit/s. They also explained the advertising based on the DNA sequencing from the waste products of the body!

So, what is it for this year? Maybe they will use it to announce some new features in Gmail. It has been long rumored that lots of feature addition is gonna happen in Gmail to increase its popularity. What else? Share your pranks and puns...

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