Twitter ditched vowels, Google unveiled a button to add smells, and YouTube claimed it was shutting down. It was a busy April Fool’s day in the digital online world!
Twitter began by saying it was “annncng” Twttr, a service that would limit messages to just consonants. In an apparent dig at the splitting in half of Netflix memberships between DVD and streaming, Twitter said users would now have to pay $5 a month for the premium use of vowels.
Google showcased Google Nose to add scents to it search results. It urged visitors to lean in close and take a deep whiff for search results such as “unattended litter box.” “In the fast-paced world that we live in, we don’t always have time to stop and smell the roses,” product manager Jon Wooly said in a video. “Now with Google Nose Beta, the roses are just a click away.”
Google also added a “treasure map mode” to Google Maps, complete with “underwater street view,” and trumpeted Gmail Blue, in which the revolutionary upgrade is the simple addition of the color blue.
The Australian Google team also came up with a goodie. They said you could now renovate your house on Street View with Google SCHMICK – Simple Complete House Makeover Internet Conversion Kit).
YouTube then said it was shutting down. The Google Inc.-owned video site joked that its eight-year rise was merely a lengthy talent search. At the end of the day, nominees were to no longer be accepted so judges could, for the next 10 years, sift through the billions of videos and declare a winner.
It was a pretty good day for laughs online. What did you think of the corporations attempt at April Fools’ Day jokes – did any of you get stung? I know a few people who believed the Twitter one!