April Fools Day Search Pranks

Apr 1, 2011 • 8:56 am | comments (11) by twitter Google+ | Filed Under Search Engine Industry News
 

Today is a fun day for many but horrid for reporters. You won't believe the number of emails and reports we get that look incredibly legit but because it is April Fools has us spending a nice chunk of time figuring out if it is real or not.

That being said, there is a lot of fun and good times on April Fools each year.

Here is a summary of the April Fools Pranks I've found in relation to Google and the search industry. Matt McGee has declared Google Victorious in the pranks for today.

(1) Google Hiring Autocompleters:

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Details over here.

(2) Search Google For Comic Sans or Helvetica:

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Details over here.

(3) Old School Google Display Ad Builder:

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Details over here.

(4) Flickr Logo with an E:

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(5) Gmail Motion Beta:

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(6) YouTube 1911:

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(7) Chromercise:

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(8) Cuttscon:

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(9) Google China Teleport Search:

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Details over here.

(10) Earkut (Orkut):

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(11) Google Voice-alyzer:

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(12) Google Places a Content Farm:

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Details over here.

(13) Pink Elephant & Yellow Whale on Google Maps Street Views:

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Details here and here. Official details over here.

(14) Google Docs Motion:

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Details over here.

(15) Google Help Rolling Heads:

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(16) Google Body Browser: Now A Cow:

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Details over here.

(17) Google Blimp Ads:

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Details over here.

(18) Google Bambo (heh Panda) Update:

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(19) Foursquare No Points For You:

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(20) Search Engine Roundtable Now Search Engine Land:

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(21) Matt Cutts working as Ask Jeeves:

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(22) Chrome Lite:

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Details over here.

(23) Wolfram Alpha As Bieber Alpha:

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(24) LinkedIn People You May Know:

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(25) Google Pig Latin Voice Search:

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(26) Google Meow Me Now (find missing kittens):

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(27) Google Analytics Gift Cards:

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Details over here.

I'll keep updating this as I find more and feel free to comment.

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Comments:

Martijn Beijk

04/01/2011 01:22 pm

What about Google Indoors being launched in Germany?

Rebecca Lehmann

04/01/2011 01:36 pm

The "Comic Sans" bit works for "Helvetica" too. Hee...

Rebecca Lehmann

04/01/2011 01:37 pm

Shoot, I somehow missed that you saw it already. Figures... I'll go back to my corner now.

Nick Stamoulis

04/01/2011 02:06 pm

These are some very, very clever April Fools. I especially like the Comic Sans/Helvetica one. I know a lot of design industry people that are sure to get a kick out of it.

AJ Kohn

04/01/2011 04:30 pm

I think the Autocompleter is genius. I'm assuming that ChromeLite is an April Fool's joke: https://chrome.google.com/extensions/detail/bjekedpipaedojkbialnhabcecmfpofh While not about Google or Search, I like Danny Brown's 'Twitter Bans Hashtags' http://dannybrown.me/2011/04/01/twitter-bans-hashtags/ Perhaps my own joke was a bit too unbelievable. The Google Bush Doctrine: Preemptive Penalties to Fight Web Spam http://www.blindfiveyearold.com/google-preemptive-penalties

Joelinpdx

04/01/2011 04:42 pm

Is this story posted on Google News for real? It just doesn't read like an actual AP story...to slanted. Given the date...I wonder... I tried to post the link on my Twitter feed but it wouldn't post...tried twice and both times it went to vaporland. Hmmmmm. http://www.google.com/hostednews/ap/article/ALeqM5idNpPrp3X28CtVN1I8jobL9XNKww?docId=e407af8a4ac24d1d91771f4ec49c633d

Chris Ailey

04/01/2011 04:46 pm

LinkedIn also had a nice little touch.. Albert Einstein, Robin Hood and Sherlock Holmes among many famous names appearing under 'People you many know'

Tara Dunn

04/01/2011 05:11 pm

That is NOT a whale. That is a narwhal. You're welcome.

nick price

04/01/2011 10:20 pm

The 1911 feature on youtube is amazing

Maheshsharmajee

04/02/2011 06:29 am

Wow! what a wonderful April fool "Google Analytics Gift Cards" in place of site analysis-:)

nicehere89

07/16/2012 05:38 pm

To me these were exciting Google Tricks :) thanks for sharing such a nice Column :)

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