Matt Cutts Google AutoSEO April Fools Prank Gets Over 3,000 Beta Requests

Apr 6, 2015 • 7:48 am | comments (13) by | Filed Under Search Engine Industry News

On April Fools, Matt Cutts, the on leave head of Google's search quality team, announced a new spam tool named AutoSEO. He said you can request to be part of a limited beta and provided this form to fill out. Here is a picture of the form:

AutoSEO Form

Over 3,000 people requested a beta invite to Matt's fake AutoSEO tool. That is pretty impressive for a real tool, let alone an April Fools prank.

Jennifer Slegg asked Matt and he responded a few days later saying on Twitter:

I have to be honest, I filled it out, but only because I thought the April Fools prank would be more elaborate. I thought that either immediately after I filled it out or hours later, I would get some sort of follow up April Fools prank. Nope, nothing yet. Who knows, maybe it will work itself into a prank for April Fools 2016?

But anyway, it is pretty impressive to get 3,000 beta requests for fake software, let alone real software.

Forum discussion at Twitter.

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