It was just last year that SearchEngineLand.com gave Google the winner’s trophy for the best April Fool’s Gags.This year they made another round of April Fool’s Day jokes span across the globe of Google’s international properties. Below is a recap of Google’s pranks from SearchEngineLand.com :
Google Maps In 8-Bit For NES
Google’s pranks began early yesterday morning with a blog post announcing that Google Japan has created an 8-bit version of Google Maps for the original Nintendo Entertainment System. You can relive all your favorite 1980s graphics by clicking the “Quest” button in the upper right corner on maps.google.com(you can still do it today!).
Google’s Really Advanced Search
Speaking of search, this one will probably go over well with our audience. Google’s really advanced search page has some pretty funny options, like this:
You can also narrow your results based on what font the page uses, what textured background the page has and which “embarrassing grammatical faux pas” is found on the page. If you’re into SEO, you’ll like this one. You may even find yourself wishing that the page actually worked.
Google Chrome Multitask Mode
The Google Chrome team thinks one mouse/hand isn’t enough for web browsing, so they’ve launched Multitask Mode — two mice/hands at once.
The YouTube Collection
YouTube’s annual April Fool’s Day prank is the YouTube Collection — all of YouTube on DVD. Once you order, 175 trucks will deliver the DVDs right to your door. Oh, just watch the video. Make your checks payable to “Matt McGee” if you’re planning to order.
That’s Not All
There are other search-related April Fool’s Day gags, perhaps my favorite of which is Google Nigeria, which jokingly asks you to input your bank account number so you can “search for inheritance.”
Don’t be alarmed: the search box just runs a normal Google search (not that you’d actually put your bank account number in there, anyway, right?) and, while this is NOT an official Google gag, it also doesn’t appear to be run by some Nigerian prince. (It’s a production from 85by55.com.)