Are you a fan of April Fools? It appears our major Social Media and Search Engines are. Have you seen the buzz?
Twitter April Fools
— Twitter (@twitter) April 1, 2013
Twitter announces it is removing the vowels Twitter April Fools
We’re doing this because we believe that by eliminating vowels, we’ll encourage a more efficient and “dense” form of communication. We also see an opportunity to diversify our revenue stream..Twitter Blog
Google April Fools
Google has announced they will be incorporating smell into their searchs with Google Nose
If you have a cold like many people do right now I’m thinking Google Nose is not going to work so well for you, so instead you can get in on a Google Treasure Hunt. Google has found a long last map off the coast of Madagascar in 2012. Google is calling on watchers to help decipher the maps and find the long-lost treasure.
Visit Google Maps and click on the “Treasure” icon in the top right corner. The maps contain a number of Easter eggs including a separate URL with a live pirate ship tracking map and symbols hidden around the globe that spell out “April Fool.” Treasure Island near San Francisco, Calif., has a mini-map with an X marking the spot, and New York City is marked by a pirate’s skull with mysterious numbers in its eyes.
Users can share what they find on Google+ using the hashtag #treasuremap
YouTube April Fools
Hopefully you can see the above videos via YouTube because they too have gotten in on the April Fool’s fun this year announcing they will be shutting down you tube to scour millions of videos uploaded in the last eight years to find the cream of the crop. They will be announcing the winner in…get this….2023.
Viewers can weigh in on the contest on Google+ using the hashtag #bestvideo.
YouTube says it will begin announcing the nominees for best video in a livestream starting at noon ET on Monday. Presenters will then announce all the nominees for 12 hours every day for the next two years.
I am not normally a fan of April Fool’s I hate to see people pranked, embarrassed, scared, and whatever else you want to call it when you knowingly try to fool a person. However these “April Fool’s” jokes made me smile and I have to agree they are fun and rather brilliant, and of course a great marketing campaign.