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Google Romance
April Fool's or Is it really True?
pixellion




msg:747135
 8:53 am on Apr 1, 2006 (gmt 0)

Oh no... Google plunges into Online Dating Services game?

Please tell me... This is NOT true.

[google.com...]

 

tedster




msg:747136
 4:18 pm on Apr 1, 2006 (gmt 0)

From the FAQ

Here on the Google Romance team, we follow the philosophy "Don't be medieval,"

Lots of people posted the story -- thanks. Your posts are all mixed in below

[edited by: tedster at 4:25 pm (utc) on April 1, 2006]

dakman




msg:747137
 9:14 am on Apr 1, 2006 (gmt 0)

Pretty cool, I'm thinking of signing up

[google.com...]

but they rejected my profile

[google.com...]

:)

ALbino




msg:747138
 10:09 am on Apr 1, 2006 (gmt 0)

I'm surprised nobody has posted about Google's latest foray into new markets and potential revenue streams:

[google.com...]

johnser




msg:747139
 10:47 am on Apr 1, 2006 (gmt 0)

[google.com...]

Haven't seen this mentioned elsewhere?
Appearing in UK

phantombookman




msg:747140
 4:23 pm on Apr 1, 2006 (gmt 0)

Can you imagine if they did move into online dating?

All gmail users can have a free account, upload their profiles and look at others etc.

It could be huge and tie even more people into the 'Big G Portal'

candidboy




msg:747141
 12:50 pm on Apr 1, 2006 (gmt 0)

Google launches Google Romance [google.com...] for its visitors today. That's the news that took everyone by surprise. It is meant to. This is the April Fool gig from Google.

Google advertises it as a beta product that is incubating in the Google Labs, and uses its cutting edge personal search algorithms to gift you with a soul mate. It is further said that the feature would sponsor your first contextual Date with said soul mate-to-be, and in return would show you the relevant advertising which can make you hit with a cupid's arrow. Don’t' know how far does it work, but it simply would depend upon your luck.

So, try out until you succeed in the journey..and do not forget to pass on your prestigious tips to others, after you are being hit by the cupid arrow. Cheers! :)

Smiley




msg:747142
 2:55 pm on Apr 1, 2006 (gmt 0)

News to me, but probably been posted before...

[google.com...]

httpwebwitch




msg:747143
 4:13 pm on Apr 1, 2006 (gmt 0)

[google.com...]

is this a joke?

BonniesGang




msg:747144
 1:59 pm on Apr 1, 2006 (gmt 0)

[google.com...]

<<<We're constantly working to improve the quality of your Contextual Dating results.  If you encounter inaccurate, disappointing or otherwise cosmically unfair romantic results that you'd like to bring to our attention, please submit a report here.>>>

That is so frickin funny ...
When I searched for my love, all the results were supplemental.
Does that mean they are all fat and ugly?

phish




msg:747145
 4:38 pm on Apr 1, 2006 (gmt 0)

Yeah, actually it is a joke. They wonder why search is going to c**p. This is why.

Matt Probert




msg:747146
 5:07 pm on Apr 1, 2006 (gmt 0)

With Google Romance, you can:

Upload your profile – tell the world who you are, or, more to the point, who you’d like to think you are, or, even more to the point, who you want others to think you are.
Search for love in all (or at least a statistically significant majority of) the right places with Soulmate Search, our eerily effective psychographic matchmaking software.
Endure, via our Contextual Dating option, thematically appropriate multimedia advertising throughout the entirety of your free date.

How could anyone NOT realise this was a joke? Rhetorical question....

Matt

aaronjf




msg:747147
 6:48 pm on Apr 1, 2006 (gmt 0)

How could anyone NOT realise this was a joke?

I believe the saying is "One born every minute" ;-)

Google has alwasy had the best April Fools jokes. The funniest part is every year, year in year out, on April fools day people get on WebmasterWorld and ask if this is real or go wow look at the new service.

From the profile subminssion page:

Fell for our April Fool’s joke, in which case ha ha, wasn't that amusing and harmless and mostly in good taste and not all psychologically damaging under various and sundry aspects of contemporary tort law, please don't sue us; or

Hubie




msg:747148
 7:30 pm on Apr 1, 2006 (gmt 0)

definitely a joke. cant be true. maybe somewhere down the line with a little more tact.

obviously a cash-cow industry on the internet...and cash is king with google these days...

it was only 3 years ago Larry Page was speaking to a group of us in college saying how they had 125 million sitting around in cash and had no need to go public...

Hubes

pixellion




msg:747149
 7:55 pm on Apr 1, 2006 (gmt 0)

If someone isn't aware that Larry Page is dating... Lucy Southworth, check out these not-so-private pictures.

Larry Page is such an introvert, he posts these private pics out to the world.

[searchengineherald.com...]

Robert Charlton




msg:747150
 8:01 pm on Apr 1, 2006 (gmt 0)

Not only is it very funny, but it's a brilliant piece of marketing.

I'll bet that people who took the tour [google.com] know a lot more about Google's various features, and that they have a warmer, fuzzier feeling about Google's contextual ads.

apfinlaw




msg:747151
 8:14 pm on Apr 1, 2006 (gmt 0)

Do a search in the Find Romance search box:
Here's what displays as a result:

Romance Not Found

The requested URL was not found on this server. This means that you either:

1. Fell for our April Fool’s joke, in which case ha ha, wasn't that amusing and harmless and mostly in good taste and not all psychologically damaging under various and sundry aspects of contemporary tort law, please don't sue us; or

2. Are genuinely enjoying, or least momentarily tolerating, our April Fool’s joke and wanted to surf your way into its every last nook and cranny, in which case

1. ...ha ha, wasn't that amusing and harmless and mostly in good taste and not all psychologically damaging under various and sundry aspects of contemporary tort law, please don't sue us; and/or

2. you might want to take a trip down our April Fool’s memory lane, here or here or here or here. Enjoy.

HiltonHead




msg:747152
 10:19 pm on Apr 1, 2006 (gmt 0)

April 1 is the day upon which we are reminded of what we are on
the other 364 - Mark Twain

Evidence shows fools abound far beyond this day

Mr Bo Jangles




msg:747153
 10:33 pm on Apr 1, 2006 (gmt 0)

The fact that so many people weren't entirely sure it was a joke is just further evidence of how much G has moved away from it's origins, and how fast it is racing new product to market.

httpwebwitch




msg:747154
 6:04 am on Apr 2, 2006 (gmt 0)

evidence of how much G has moved away from it's origins

that makes it even funnier...

I accessed google romance late last night / early this morning, before I even registered that today was April 1. Good joke, G

johnser




msg:747155
 10:02 am on Apr 3, 2006 (gmt 0)

When you post on something like that early on a Saturday morning, you deserve to feel like an idiot
(Note to self - Set your reminders for next April 1 - fool)
lol

europeforvisitors




msg:747156
 12:55 pm on Apr 3, 2006 (gmt 0)

The fact that so many people weren't entirely sure it was a joke is just further evidence of how much G has moved away from it's origins

No, it just means that some people are (1) really, really gullible, or (2) don't recognize any kind of humor that doesn't involve a pratfall or a pie in the face.

colin_h




msg:747157
 1:46 pm on Apr 3, 2006 (gmt 0)

I joined Google Romance and I've finally met my ideal mate.

His name is Matt and he does something in IT. He says all the right things and makes me feel special, but I'm not sure he really means it. Sometimes he speaks in such general terms that I'm not even sure he's talking to me.

When I ask him for commitment, he only says "Wait a little while and everything will be OK" ... but I wait and nothing ever changes.

Should I chuck this loser or stick with him and hope he comes through?

BillyS




msg:747158
 2:06 pm on Apr 3, 2006 (gmt 0)

Do you think Google kept track of all the traffic to Google Romance? I do.

While this might have been a joke, it may not be so funny two years from now.

colin_h




msg:747159
 2:17 pm on Apr 3, 2006 (gmt 0)

One April 1st, not to many years from now Google may just test ...

... Google World Domination :-0

hutcheson




msg:747160
 3:16 pm on Apr 3, 2006 (gmt 0)

>evidence of how much G has moved away from it's origins

Huh? Welcome to planet earth. A year isn't enough time to learn all of our quaint customs. Some of them are silly, but not as silly as the absurd custom of sneering at quaint customs (which is, unfortunately, as well-known on earth as it undoubtedly is on your home planet.)

The Google April Fool goes back to Google origins, just like the special-day logos. Native earthling internet users will remember PigeonRank, Google Moonbase, Direct Brain Interface -- and in fact, there were links to prior years' gags in this year's.

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