April Fool Day: The Google Way

Google can be fun! Never lose the opportunity. The links for the hoaxes are mentioned. Feel free to view them. But a gentle advice, don’t fall for them again!


In 2000: Google MentalPlex

The Google mentalPlex

Google announced a new “MentalPlex” search technology that supposedly read the user’s mind to determine what the user wanted to search for, thus eliminating the step of actually typing in the search query. http://www.google.com/mentalplex/

In 2002: PigeonRank

People fell for that?

Google reveals the technology behind its PageRank System — PigeonRank. Google touts the benefits of this cost-effective and efficient means of ranking pages and reassures readers that there is no animal cruelty involved in the process. http://www.google.com/technology/pigeonrank.htmlIn 2004: Google Lunar/Copernicus Center

Fictitious job opportunities for a research center on the moon. Luna/X (a pun to Lunas well as a reference to the WinXP Visual style and MacOS X. It is the name of a new OS they claimed to have created for working at the research center.

http://www.google.com/jobs/lunar_job.html

In 2005: Google Gulp, an intelligence drink

Google gulp

According to the company, this beverage would optimize one’s use of the Google search engine by increasing the drinker’s intelligence. http://www.google.com/googlegulp/

In 2006: Google Romance


Google Romance

Google Romance was announced on the main Google search page with the introduction, “Dating is a search problem. Solve it with Google Romance.” It pretends to offer a “Soulmate Search” to send users on a “Contextual Date”.
http://www.google.com/romance/press.html

In 2007: Gmail Paper & Google TiSP

Google Paper

Google changed the login page for Gmail to announce a new service called Gmail Paper. The service offered to allow users of Google’s free webmail service to add e-mails to a “Paper Archive,” which Google would print (on “96% post-consumer organic soybean sputum“) and mail via traditional post. http://mail.google.com/mail/help/paper/more.html

Google TiSP (short for Toilet Internet Service Provider) was a fictitious free broadband service supposedly released by Google. ( http://www.google.com/tisp/ )

Google TISP

This service would make use of a standard toilet and sewage lines to provide free Internet connectivity at a speed of 8 Mbps (2Mbps Upload) (or up to 32 Mbps with a paid plan).

Source: Wikipedia

3 Responses

  1. Preeti Says:

    i must say you dont have anything better to do!! :D :D but Google is funny thats true, there was one for Printing Emails, and I know someone who fell for it
    mail.google.com/mail/help/paper/

  2. comingbacktolife Says:

    nice post:)

  3. Archana Says:

    After reading the Title i tried out all.
    Anyways.. AFD s here otherwise also.

    Good collection. :D

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