Welcome to April 1st, the day that you shouldn’t take the web too seriously. During the day, we will be cataloging new April Fools Internet jokes around the web. So let’s get started.
Author’s Note: This article will be edited throughout the day as new April Fools Internet jokes are revealed.
Google Gmail Motion
Google has always been a big Jester – That is why this year they announced Gmail Motion. It’s a new and exciting way to use Gmail. Just as we are getting away from controllers for games, we might as well get rid of that keyboard and mouse for e-mail. If it was true, all you would have to do is move around and an email is written.
Google’s other website, YouTube, also got into the April Fools Day fun. Last year for April Fools, you could watch your YouTube videos in TEXTp which looked like The Matrix. This year, they decided to take us back to the year 1911. All the videos have a Sepia tone and the audio has been replaced with silent film music.
Google, not thinking that is enough, decided to continue the jocularity with Chromercise – a finger exercise program. Put on your sweatbands and sweat to the oldies with this April Fool’s joke. This website, looking like an 80’s Jane Fonda site, shows you how to exercise the fingers. And blog… and blog… and blog… and blog.
Thought that was enough? Heck no! Google is big, so they have lots of places to put April Fools jokes! Like in the jobs area: Google is looking for an Autocompleter.
From the job listing:
Google’s quality team is looking for talented, motivated, opinionated technologists to help us predict what users are looking for. If you’re eager to improve the search experience for millions of people and have a proven track record of excellence, this is a project for you!
As a Google Autocompleter, you’ll be expected to successfully guess a user’s intention as he or she starts typing instantly. In a fraction of a second, you’ll need to type in your prediction that will be added to the list of suggestions given by Google. Don’t worry, after a few million predictions you’ll grow the required reflexes.
Think Geek Lightsaber Popsicle
Yum. Who wouldn’t want a Red Lightsaber Popsicle? The fake product had the ability to light up as you sucked on the long, hard icy cand… um… well, you get the idea.
Geekazine: Buy Me An iPad
I even got into the festivities. Except my joke started about 3 weeks ago when I posted the “Enter to Win a chance to buy me an iPad 2“. The idea was this, you enter to win the chance to buy me an iPad 2. On April 1, a winner was drawn, Flora Spoli. Of course, Flora is an anagram for April Fools…
Deals For Hipsters
The site Deals for Hipsters lets you buy a pair of glasses without the lenses for only $19. They are “guaranteed to make you more attractive to the opposite sex embuing the wearer with incredible hipster credibility.” I wonder why it doesn’t work for same-sex couples? It a good joke that was unfortunately ruined by excluding gay couples.
Spotify Ends European Service
TechCrunch reports that Spotify has pulled out of the European market. The new name is SpotifyUSA. Sean Parker’s last line in the article is the clincher:
“Europe isn’t cool. You know what’s cool? America.”
If you love Angry Birds, then you should try this game: Angry Nerds. Launch the Nerds from the chair to topple the binary walls and kill the bugs or pig-bugs or something like that.
LinkedIn Aprils Fools Day Joke: Famous Contacts You May Know
I always hate those “You may know these people” links. They always are off the mark and pretty obtrusive. However, LinkedIn’s April Fools joke came when you tried to find people you knew. Who could’ve guessed that Ernest Hemingway was a member of LinkedIn? Albert Einstein, J.R.R. Tolkien and more were on this list of famous members.
Hulu from 1996
A framed page, GIF images, and the modem tones only meant one thing – 1996 is back in the house. You can watch episodes of Sliders, Chicago Hope and the X-Files: No, really! You can! They have those episodes on Hulu. So sit back, connect via 28.8 modems and watch your favorite!
Want to see a 2d black and white comic go 3d? That is what xk3d did. A wireframe panel makes the stick figures pop out at you. Watch out!
Groupon Trademarks April Fools
The ad-centric Groupon’s April Fools joke was that they filed a patent for the term “April fools”. In this day and age when people are trying for specific terms, this one could get someone’s goat. After all, how can Groupon do this… oh wait… nevermind…
Digg’s Reverse Pay Model
New York Times Paywall has brought up many an ire from the internet community. Well, Digg has decided to do a reverse-paywall. Called the “Get-Paid Wall,” people would get money for using Digg. I don’t see why that is an April fools joke…
Yelp Puppy of the Month Club
Awww. Why not get a new puppy every month? That is what Yelp is offering. They even come with shipping and poo pads. Half price off – only $425.00. The reviews on the Puppy of the month are what really make this one stand out.
April Fools Internet Jokes 2011
Do you know any great April Fools Internet jokes that we missed? Let us know in the comments! Want to see more April Fools? Check out April Fools Day on the Web. If you posted one yourself, you can add it to their lists.
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