Google April Fools’ Day Pranks

03 Apr

Have to admit that Google was one of the companies that worked very hard on their April Fools’ Day pranks.

First it was the new position at Google’s Mountain View office. Yes, they were looking for an Autocompleter!!! Requirements included “Good typing skills (at least 32,000 WPM)” and “Certificate in psychic reading strongly preferred: palm, tarot, hypnosis, astrology, numerology, runes and/or auras”. Job description comes with an insightful video “Being a Google Autocompleter” below:


Then, there was the Google Blimp Ads on adwords!!! “With Blimp Ads, you can target your audience in exciting new ways. Specify the height and location of the blimp, as well as the time you want the ad to run. You can even target special events like football games, outdoor concerts, meteor showers, and more!”

Also, Google Analytics decided that hits, yes hits, really is the only metric for tracking: “After extensive analysis by our quantitative teams, we’ve uncovered that hits (or How Interneters Track Success) is the only metric that actually matters in web analytics. Forget that business about absolute unique visitors, goal completion rate, or even bounce rate. If you want to achieve success, you need to focus on hits.

Lastly, one more of the tens of pranks that Google pulled that day was of course the introduction of Gmail Motion. Now you can control Gmail by using your body!!!!

Great stuff! 🙂

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