Somebody at Google must have had a bad habit of drinking a little too much and using his/her computer for communication purposes following. Looks like they used their 20% rule to create a way to curb their drunk dialing emailing.
I haven’t participated/done an April Fools joke in a long time mostly because people are pretty aware of the day and if you aren’t the first person to get them on April First, then really don’t stand a chance.
The web world though, seems to be another story. Google, in all of their humor and money, have a long tradition of coming up with new ideas/schemes to trick us all on this first day of April. This year is no exception. Funny thing is, plenty of other sites are joining in the excitement as well.
A few of my fav’s:
Google and Richard Branson (Virgin Airlines) starting a colony on Mars, project labeled Virgle.
Gmail’s “Custom Time” emails. Adjust the date on your email to resend for issues like missed birthdays.
Google Australia’s “gDay with MATE” technology that can predict the news one day in advance.
Woot’s woot-off. An all day event of selling the same product over and over. (I’m actually a little tired of this one, they keep filling my RSS reader with the same thing!” And I’m mad that I missed the 3am BOC.
And my favorite
Rick Roll’ing of all the Featured Videos on YouTube‘s home page. (YouTube, owned by Google; I’ll explain the concept of Rick Roll’ing later)
If you care enough to see some others (plenty of lesser known sites) seems like most are being documented here.