April Fools is part of the Internet age, where online pranks spread on social media and have us questioning what's real and what isn't. And while it's been going on for several years, the jokes get better and more believable each year. In 2012, Google set the bar pretty high with 8-bit Google Maps and its Morse Code typing app Gmail Tap.
Actually, Google is responsible for a lot of the pranks, but that usually makes others work even harder. Here are a few examples of what you'll encounter online today for April Fools Day 2013.
Google Nose: The new scentsation in search. Google invites you to go beyond talk and touch. While this one isn't too convincing, it would pair pretty well with Google's new Glass project.
Twttr: Twitter makes us laugh with its new service where there are no vowels. But for $5 a month, you get the premium Twitter service which includes vowels. You know a new service from Twitter is popular when one of the first people to try it is Joan Rivers.
Gmail Blue: Featuring technology six years in the making, Gmail Blue is a 21st Century email system featuring blue text, blue buttons. They've taken the best of Gmail and left it the same, only blue.
Google Treasure Maps: Complete with pirate-style design, hand-drawn landmarks and hidden treasure chests. When you use Street View, you get a spyglass to zoom. And resolution may be only as good as paper.
Google Trends: Normally, these show you the hottest search trends on the Internet. Today, it's the coldest. Our favorites: "Do my legs look fat, or is it just that my jeans are too tight?" and "Prom Scrunchies."
YouTube is shutting down: It's been fun, but Google says YouTube is shutting down at midnight after 30,000 technicians crawl the site in search of the world's best video. The winner gets $500, an MP3 player and status as the only video on the site when it relaunches in 2023.
Google Wallet Mobile ATM: Want a smartphone that dispenses cash? This is for you. And while it's a joke today, we're not convinced this couldn't be a thing in 100 years.
Google Plus +Emotion: Let Google figure out how the people in your photos are feeling by adding emoticons to each of their faces. Now you never have to wonder what kind of mood someone's in.
Google SCHMICK: Down Under, the Google Australia team wants your house to look its best on Street View. Using Simple Complete House Makeover Internet Conversion Kit, or SCHMICK, now it can.
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