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Sunday, April 01, 2007

April Fool from Google :: This year we have the Gmail Paper and Google TiSP

Most of you who have been following Google from ages past(like I do). Well, every year they have a April Fool prank on their sleves.

In 2000, we had the Mentalplex from google.

In 2002, Google came up with something called Pigeon Rank. Wherein they claimed that Pigeons were used for ranking pages.

In 2004, we had the Google lunar Jobs - where people were reportedly recruited for jobs in the Lunar Atmosphere.

In 2005, it was the time for Google Gulp, a fictitious drink. According to the company, this beverage would optimize one's use of the Google search engine by increasing the drinker's intelligence. It was claimed this boost was achieved through real-time analysis of the user's DNA and carefully tailored adjustments to neurotransmitters in the brain (a patented technology termed Auto-Drink). The drink was said to come in "4 great flavors": Glutamate Grape (glutamic acid), Sugar-Free Radical (free radicals), Beta Carroty (beta carotene), and Sero-Tonic Water (serotonin).,

In 2006, we had the announcement of Google Romance. It pretends to offer a "Soulmate Search" to send users on a "Contextual Date".

So this year can be no different. We have two hoaxes so far from google. First one being Gmail Paper (posted on the login page of Gmail). I could make it the instant I read that it was free!!

It says that the service will allow users of Gmail to add e-mails to a "Paper Archive," which Google would print (on "96% post-consumer organic soybean sputum" - Doesn't it smell fishy) and mail via traditional post(for free!!). Yes!! It says free because it is supported by bold, red advertisements printed on the back of the printed messages. Image attachments would also be printed on high-quality glossy paper and be postmarked with their message, though MP3 and WAV files would not be printed.

The other April Fool joke from Google this year seems the announcement of Google TiSP - a free broadband service.

This service would make use of a standard toilet and sewage lines to provide free Internet connectivity at a speed of 8Mbps (or 32Mbps with a paid plan). A user drops a weighted end of a long, Google-supplied fiber-optic cable in their toilet and flush it. Around 60 minutes later, the end would be recovered and connected to the Internet by a "Plumbing Hardware Dispatcher (PHD)." The user then connects their end to a Google-supplied wireless router and run the Google-supplied installation media on a Windows XP or Vista computer ("Mac and Linux support coming soon").