It Begins! April Fools Is Upon Us!

By Nathan Weinberg

Oh, god, another April Fools Day! Yikes, you won’t believe how many websites are running pranks today already…

Google has launched “Gmail Paper“, a new service that will print out any email from Gmail, including text attachments, and mail you the printouts, completely for free. The service is monetized by giant text ads on the backs of the paper, written in bold, red, 36-point Helvetica. “You click. We stack. You Get.” Best tagline ever?

Google also released Google TiSP, a service that brings home wireless internet access through the toilet. You install TiSP by flushing a weighted cable down the toilet, which will automatically connect it to a TiSP node, and plugging the other end into your TiSP router. TiSP is free at 8 Mbps, monetized by a DNA analysis of your poop and other bodily wastes, with $10 a month for 16 Mbps, and $25 a month for “Royal Flush” 32 Mbps service.

Use of automatic toilet bowl cleaners is not recommended

TiSP, of course, stands for Toilet ISP.

For years, data carriers have confronted the “last hundred yards” problem for delivering data from local networks into individual homes. Now Google has successfully devised a “last hundred smelly yards” solution that takes advantage of preexisting plumbing and sewage systems and their related hydraulic data-transmission capabilities. “There’s actually a thriving little underground community that’s been studying this exact solution for a long time,” says Page. “And today our Toilet ISP team is pleased to be leading the way through the sewers, up out of your toilet and - splat - right onto your PC.”

Slashdot has gone all Digg, adding Slashdottit voting buttons to every news story. You don’t have to be logged in for it to work, and after you vote, you get this message:

Thank You for participating in the Slashdottit Rating System

Your vote in the Slashdottit system will help insure the best stories are presented to our readers, with hyper accurate numbers to indicate their relevance and general awesomeness. Only by requiring the contribution of every random user of the internet can we guarantee the most scientifically perfect numbers will be generated. These numbers will guarantee that every story that appears on Slashdot will be interesting, insightful, and flawless. Vote early, vote often.

I might add that there is only one “t” in Slashdot, so the vote buttons actually say “Slashdot-tit”. Whoops?

Love Matt Cutts, Google Webmaster God? Well, then you should attend CuttsCon, the conference celebrating everything Matt. To be held in Kentucky on November 31, it is expected to draw tens of Cuttlets to attend sessions like “Matt & His Cats”, “How To Be Pictured With Matt”, and the “Nofollow Break” to the bathroom!
(via SEL)

As you can see in the screenshot above, Matt’s blog was hacked by the Dark SEO team (screenshot by Danny Sullivan).

Woot is offering today’s deal: A $1 million bag of random crap. Well, technically, it’s $1,000,001, plus five dollars shipping.

TechCrunch acquired FuckedCompany.

Engadget announced a product that makes it easier to electrocute oneself.

Albino Blacksheep claimed to have been acquired by Google, which is typical, but they actually redid their entire front page, Google Video style. Very nice!

Bit Torrent site The Pirate Bay is moving its servers to the North Korean Embassy in Stokholm, Sweden.

Facebook has been inserting strange and fake news into News Feeds, including “You are on Facebook, reading your News Feed”, “Two of your oxen drowned when you tried to ford the river”, introducing their new Live Poke system (where a real person will really poke your friends), “Harry and Voldemort have set their relationship status to ‘Mortal Enemies’”, “Meredith and McDreamy have changed their relationship status to “It’s Complicated” … oh wait … “In a Relationship” … oh wait … “It’s Complicated” again.”, “Bracket Buster: Ohio State and Florida have mutually agreed on a tie and will not play the championship game.”. Also, today’s new gift is a Kick Me sign.

College Humor’s front page is a GoDaddy expired domain notice.

Lawrence Lessig has announced he is joining the RIAA’s board.

Screenshots of many of these here.

Rumor is WebMasterWorld only added AdSense ads as a prank. We’ll see tomorrow.

Scoble says Apple is doing a reader device.

World of Warcraft announced the Tinfoil Hat, in order to protect one’s secrets.

Google System announced Google Writer, a blog post writing tool.

Wikipedia’s featured article is about George Washington, inventor of instant coffee, and mentions his first, failed bid for the presidency. Also, announced that editing on Wikipedia will now require a credit card.

All the news on StarTrek.com is fake.

Ask Metafilter is hilarious, including “You never call, you never *write*…what am I chopped liver? posted by your mother” and “Where’s Waldo? posted by Jimmy Svendsen, age 7″

Gizmodo says the iPhone is shipping today.

Today is Tom Selleck Appreciation Day at AskMen.com. It’s a prank because every day is Tom Selleck Appreciation Day.

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April 1, 2007 by Nathan Weinberg in:
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12 Responses to “It Begins! April Fools Is Upon Us!”

  1. Google lanserer Project TiSP @ teknotum Says:

    […] Tanketom.net har en svær oversikt fra Norge, mens Inside Google har mange flotte fra amerika (der de blant annet avslører at TiSP står for Toilet ISP) […]

  2. Mortalmatt Says:

    The Register has one as well (at least I hope its an April Fools :P ).

    http://www.theregister.co.uk/2007/04/01/apple_google_mobile/

  3. Tim Says:

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  4. Tim Says:

    Errr… I don’t think WordPress eating half my comment is a joke.

    I’ll repeat.

    I

  5. Tim Says:

    Errr… I don’t think WordPress eating half my comment is a joke.

    I’ll repeat. AGAIN. It fell over my heart-emoticon.

    I love April 1st.

    Personally, I think http://yro.slashdot.org/article.pl?sid=07/04/01/0630203&from=rss is the best, because it sounds so serious. It doesn’t give itself away immediately - I opened it thinking it was serious, continued to open my other feeds, and while reading them, I realized this was probably a hoax as well - checked, and I guess it is. Heh.

    Did I say I love April 1st yet? ;)

    Oh, and I like Matt Cutts’ one as well. Looks so legit. (Now I really hope his hoax isn’t true, or I’ll have fallen-in-reverse for an april fools day joke.)

    Oh, and I really hope his WordPress upgrade didn’t really add doctypes to his feed, or I won’t be able to read it anymore. =/

  6. SloofLirpaCenter Says:

    The Sloof Lirpa Center for Long Tail Profitability has posted a warning about code vulnerability in Google Adsense. Blog owners and web publishers can learn more on the Sloof site:

    http://www.SloofLirpaCenter.com

    Talk about flushing money down the toilet!

  7. The Sloof Lirpa Center Says:

    How about this one:

    The Sloof Lirpa Center announced a serious issue with Google AdSense code:

    http://www.slooflirpacenter.com

    no worries though, you can sign up for a beta invite to ContextWeb’s new online ad exchange.

  8. Matt Cutts: Gadgets, Google, and SEO » More April Foolishness Says:

    […] For other search-related April Fool’s jokes, start with Nathan Weinberg’s list of pranks. Then move on to this master list from Search Engine Land. A few other good pranks: - Jim Lanzone’s video announces that Ask is joining forces with Kevin Federline. Lanzone will now be moved to the post of “President of Keeping It Real.” Nice. - Google Operating System reported on Google Writer, a new tool that will write most of your blog posts for you. - DaveN got in on the holiday by pointing to a Vanessa Fox nude site. The joke, of course, is that the site presents an unvarnished (nude) peek into what Vanessa is really thinking. […]

  9. More April Foolishness - rankoz.com Says:

    […] For other search-related April Fool’s jokes, start with Nathan Weinberg’s list of pranks. Then move on to this master list from Search Engine Land. A few other good pranks: - Jim Lanzone’s video announces that Ask is joining forces with Kevin Federline. Lanzone will now be moved to the post of “President of Keeping It Real.” Nice. - Google Operating System reported on Google Writer, a new tool that will write most of your blog posts for you. - DaveN got in on the holiday by pointing to a Vanessa Fox nude site. The joke, of course, is that the site presents an unvarnished (nude) peek into what Vanessa is really thinking. […]

  10. Karl Says:

    This might be a joke but there must be some truth to it. Google’s recent purchase of “dark fiber’ has caused much speculation why they’d need the bandwidth. Many have already speculated that Google is getting into ISP business. So Google offering wireless broadband service can actually happen very soon.

    Karl,
    http://t1-connection.com

  11. More April Foolishness · djanggo.com Says:

    […] For other search-related April Fool’s jokes, start with Nathan Weinberg’s list of pranks. Then move on to this master list from Search Engine Land. A few other good pranks: - Jim Lanzone’s video announces that Ask is joining forces with Kevin Federline. Lanzone will now be moved to the post of “President of Keeping It Real.” Nice. - Google Operating System reported on Google Writer, a new tool that will write most of your blog posts for you. - DaveN got in on the holiday by pointing to a Vanessa Fox nude site. The joke, of course, is that the site presents an unvarnished (nude) peek into what Vanessa is really thinking. […]

  12. Hong Xiaowan’s Studio » Google Writer 01- CAW(Computer Aided Write) Says:

    […] Google Writer Google Writer: Ionut’s early April Fools’ joke Google Writer It Begins! April Fools Is Upon Us! Comment on It Begins! April Fools Is Upon Us! by Matt Cutts … More April Foolishness […]

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