A History of Google April Fools’ Day Jokes
They’ve come into our eyes, our ears and our mouths, but Google is about to come in our noses with a new form of scent technology; of course, it is just one in a long list of Google April Fool’s hoaxes.
Currently, ‘Google Nose’ is in Beta and uses data gathered from Street Sense vehicles that have been quietly roaming the world for the past two months.
Of course, this ‘innovation’ is another one of Google’s like clockwork April fools gags and as a special treat this Easter Monday, here’s a history of previous Google pranks.
2000: Google ‘MentalPlex’ allowed you to search the web with the power of your mind
2002: Google reveals the shocking truth about the way pages are ranked. An army of IT savvy pigeons!
2004: Google expands its presence to the moon and advertises jobs to help with its intergalactic expansion
2005: Google Gulp, the drink with a built-in DNA scanner, promises that ‘you’ll never run out of ways to quench for thirst for knowledge!”
2006: Google goes after the romance market with a tool that allows you to uploads multiple variations of your profile, so you pursue multiple partners!
2007: Google Introduces TiSP (Toilet Internet Service Provider), which gave users a free wireless broadband service using their toilet. Sadly the service was never available outside the US.
2008: YouTube finally gave the world what it wanted, 24/7 Rick Astley. When users clicked on any video, they would be directed to “Never gonna give you up.”
2009: Google Chrome goes 3D; sadly, the world wasn’t quite ready for the technology, so Google sheepishly reverted to the 2D version of their browser.
2010: Google tires of their name and thus, changes is to ‘Topeka’.
2011: Google bucked the trend by changing the font on all of its products to the controversial Comic Sans.
2012: Google made a massive improvement to their regional weather search adding a feature that actually allowed users to change the weather.
The thing about these jokes is that nothing is really preposterous for Google. Who walked into the boardroom and said, “I want to make an interactive virtual tour of the entire world!” or “lets scan in every single book in existence”? Adobe actually patented smell technology many years ago, so who knows…