April Fools Day Search Pranks

Apr 1, 2011 - 8:56 am 11 by
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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:

Details over here.

(6) YouTube 1911:

Details over here.

(7) Chromercise:

Details over here.

(8) Cuttscon:

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Details over here.

(9) Google China Teleport Search:

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Details over here.

(10) Earkut (Orkut):

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Details over here.

(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:

Details over here.

(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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Details over here.

(19) Foursquare No Points For You:

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(20) Search Engine Roundtable Now Search Engine Land:

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Details over here.

(21) Matt Cutts working as Ask Jeeves:

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Details over here.

(22) Chrome Lite:

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Details over here.

(23) Wolfram Alpha As Bieber Alpha:

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Details over here.

(24) LinkedIn People You May Know:

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(25) Google Pig Latin Voice Search:

Details over here.

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

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Details over here.

(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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