(Los Angeles Times) – Google is known for being a bit of a prankster when it comes to April Fools’ Day, and the Silicon Valley giant this year once again lived up to its reputation.
From an all-blue Gmail to the new “Google Nose” search service that can create artificial scents for users, the company went all out — but it wasn’t the only tech company to release April Fools’ Day jokes.
Twitter said it was launching a new all-consonant service, and Sony put out a line of tech products for pets.
Here are some of this year’s best April Fools’ Day pranks by tech companies.
Google’s YouTube pulled off the best gag by releasing a video Sunday saying that it was no longer accepting entrants in its contest to find the best video in the world.
The company said the service would now shut off for 10 years as its team of technicians and judges began to pick through the videos on the site. Then in 2023, the site would return featuring the winning video “and nothing else,” a fake Google director said in a video.
But don’t worry, your video has as good of a chance at winning the fake contest as any other video.
“We always said that this shouldn’t be a popularity contest,” YouTube’s real CEO, Salar Kamangar, said in the video for the fake contest. “‘Gangnam style’ has the same chance of winning as a video with 40 views of a man feeding bread to a duck.”
The Silicon Valley company also released a beta product to let users search using their sense of smell. Google Nose would supposedly let users sniff smells over their computer.
Obviously, the service isn’t real, but Google Nose tries to make users look silly by encouraging them to bring their noses as close to their computer screen as they can — in order to smell scents they search for.
Another gag from Google includes Gmail Blue, a supposed new product from the company that makes everything blue. Everything about the service is blue, and there’s even a video introducing the new technology.
For more of Google’s clever April Fool’s Day jokes, see the Los Angeles Times article.