Google pranks or also known as Google hoaxes have been an annual tradition for the Internet giant since 2000. Every year, on April Fool’s Day, Google comes up with a “new”, “unique” or “revolutionary” product or service. Some of these hoaxes are silly and some of them are really clever that many users get fooled by it and think that the certain product or service was for real like the Gmail Paper hoax of 2007.
Here are some of the April Fool’s Day pranks created by Google for 2010.
1. Google Wave wave notifications
Google Wave wave notifications – With wave notifications for Google Wave, you’ll never miss another update in your inbox. Watch our demo video below, and help us test this new feature!
2. Google Translation for Animals
Translation for Animals – a new application that can help you communicate with your pet.
by Google UK
3. Google Voice Search for Animals
by Google Japan
4. Google changes name to Topeka
Google name change – Early last month the mayor of Topeka, Kansas stunned the world by announcing that his city was changing its name to Google. We’ve been wondering ever since how best to honor that moving gesture. Today we are pleased to announce that as of 1AM (Central Daylight Time) April 1st, Google has officially changed our name to Topeka.
5. Google Voice Standard Voicemail Mode
Standard Voicemail Mode – Do you ever grow nostalgic for your old voicemail system and its long list of idiosyncracies? That’s where Standard Voicemail Mode comes in.
6. YouTube TEXTp Text Mode Video
TEXTp is the result of months of intense transcoding efforts by our engineers, who toiled for weeks to ensure that a large chunk of videos on the platform could be reduced to their most basic elements. By replacing the images in the video with a series of letters and numbers, the videos are far less taxing on our system — and have the added benefit of promoting literacy!
7. Google Docs Storage
Store anything on Google Docs – The first 1000 people who qualify will get a metric ton of storage for free!
Other Google hoaxes for 2010 include:
- Google Books available in Anachrome 3D
- Google Street View available in Anachrome 3D
- Google Maps OCCA
- Search results generated in different units
- Evil Bit
- Google Annotations Gallery
- Japanese Input System
- Gmail vowels
- Chrome Sounds (Google Chrome Extension)
- Google Analytics Goes Back to Hits
- Life size Picasa
- Gibberish Chrome Extension IDs
The most popular prank would be the name change to Topeka simply because its on the Google homepage and millions of users have access to it. For me, the best pranks this year are the Google Wave wave notifications and the Google Translation for Animals app.
Anybody here fall for one of these Google hoaxes? Among these April Fool’s Day pranks, which one is your favorite?