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7:54 am on Apr 1, 2010 (gmt 0)

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Do a search and see how long it takes this morning.

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8:54 am on Apr 1, 2010 (gmt 0)

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Just noticed. Threw me off.
9:02 am on Apr 1, 2010 (gmt 0)

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I'm not a Harvard PHd ... I'm not even slightly smart ... what's the joke about? The gigawatts/seconds switch isn't clicking with me.
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That's not even mildly funny...is there a loss of sense of humour at MV?
9:41 am on Apr 1, 2010 (gmt 0)

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Topeka, KS is really making a publicity play for Google's Fiber for Communities program [google.com] - by playfully renaming their city "Google, KS". That was in the news a while ago.

So Google is having some turn-about fun by giving itself the logo "Topeka". At least that's what I'm seeing.
9:57 am on Apr 1, 2010 (gmt 0)

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I love April Fool's jokes, even those that have no jokes attached.
During a recent company password audit, it was found that a blonde secretary was using the following password:

"MickeyMinniePlutoHueyLouieDeweyDonaldGoofySacramento"

When asked why she had such a long password, she said she was told her password had to be at least 8 characters long and include at least one capital.

Sadly, this is not a joke.
12:40 pm on Apr 1, 2010 (gmt 0)

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hahahaha tangor thats so smart reply her!
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This is just a hoot. For those of us who may be coincidentally fighting a scareware trojan in one of our laptops, this is someting I didn't need to see this morning.

Once again, it just shows how easily Google can reach out and affect our lives whenever it wishes.

But, then, I'm just a cranky old jerk who hasn't had enugh coffee yet. But it still pissed me off.
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It's mind boggling that I am still seeing adwords ads for topeka.

not that it would be difficult to be credited for the clicks given situation but still...
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For those out-of-the-us:




2:47 pm on Apr 1, 2010 (gmt 0)

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1.21 gigawatts!?! Great Scott!
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This is just a hoot. For those of us who may be coincidentally fighting a scareware trojan in one of our laptops, this is someting I didn't need to see this morning.

Once again, it just shows how easily Google can reach out and affect our lives whenever it wishes.

But, then, I'm just a cranky old jerk who hasn't had enugh coffee yet. But it still pissed me off.


It's April Fool's Day and they've been doing this for years.
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seriously... this one was weak... pigeonrank and google gulp were MUCH funnier... what about the toliet ISP? come on!
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I found a few others;

[google.com...]
[google.co.uk...]
[google.com...]
[wave.google.com...]
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For those of us outside of the US it just goes to prove that Google is no longer Global-centric:-)
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LOL. The "translate for animals" video was well done
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For those of us outside of the US it just goes to prove that Google is no longer Global-centric:-)

And, if they did it worldwide the 'haters' would be saying:
"There's Google trying to force an American 'holiday' on the international community again." or something...
I think the reality is they can't do it 'right' for everyone.

Rhetorically, does everything they do or don't do really have to be taken as some type of a political statement?

Personally, I liked some of the past jokes better, but at least they always surprise me...
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Big deal.
5:51 pm on Apr 1, 2010 (gmt 0)

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Brett can magically make images appear!
6:14 pm on Apr 1, 2010 (gmt 0)

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That has to be another April Fools joke. Pictures on webmasterworld?
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I only started this thread because the first search of the day was completed in "two shakes of a lambs tail". I just did one which took "0.83 times the velocity of an unladen swallow".

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6:46 pm on Apr 1, 2010 (gmt 0)

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What kind of browser did that image come from?
7:34 pm on Apr 1, 2010 (gmt 0)

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Not sure if Bing's photo of the day was also an April fools?

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Gmail is in on it too. Take a look:

[i42.tinypic.com...]

The press release (lol):
[gmailblog.blogspot.com...]
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I like that!

Having 80.8% of the alphabet available is significantly below the 99.9% full letter uptime reliability we strive for.


Given the gmail outages in the past year, it's good to see self-deprecating humor.
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Yeah, I actually laughed at the explanation and solution posted on the blogspot page...

Ahhhh.. Tedster, we were posting at the same time, anyway, h3r3's @ l@rg3r sm@ll 3xc3rpt f0r th0s3 wh0 d0n't f33l l1k3 cl1ck1ng th3 l1nk:

"Having 80.8% of the alphabet available is significantly below the 99.9% full letter uptime reliability we strive for. Since identifying the root case of this issue, we’ve started bringing vowels back to Gmail, so you should see them back in your account within the next few hours if you don’t already. In the meantime, while you may still see this issue in Gmail's web interface, both IMAP and POP access are functioning normally. We'll post an update as soon as things are fully resolved and, again, we're v3ry s0rry."
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Not quite an April Fool's Day joke, but if you go to Streetview out front of Google's Mountain View CA headquarters you'll see a bunch of staff members lining the street. Some are doing handstands, some are waving, and there's one "will you marry" me poster being held. Good stuff.
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haha translator for animals.. i like the video :)
5:04 am on Apr 2, 2010 (gmt 0)

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Outside the US Google is also showing the time to perform a search as (at warp 7.67), (xx Jiffies) etc. Didn't see the Topeka thing but saw the Hans Christian Anderson anniversary image.

Street View has a new 3D icon which purportedly shows everything in 3D. I don't have any 3D glasses so I can't tell if it is an AF joke or truly 3D.
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Well, from what I can tell in my time zone (where it's about 11pm PDT, still April 1), we're not in Topeka any more.

3D view has disappeared. I do have 3D glasses because a lot of the NASA Mars and Cassini Saturn images are in 3D, and I like to look at them... and, yes, there was a fairly convincing 3D effect on the street view images.

We had a very short discussion about Google Street View in 3D [webmasterworld.com], and I'm anticipating Google will eventually make some use of 3D modeling in maps and street view... which could ultimately evolve into a walk-through/drive-through or fly-over that's viewable in either 2D or 3D.

All they need to do is to map the universe in data points. ;)

This may have been a mild test of some of the technology along the way, as well as a joke.