Google Gets in on the Gag
April 1, 2008 7:46 AM
Google is notorious for getting in some clever April Fools press releases, including the announcement of a Google drink and the news of a Web-based email with the ability to hold a gigabytes worth of material. (Oh, wait.)
Anyway, Google has two new April Fools Day pranks this year.
First, Google is teaming with Virgin to send an expedition to Mars! A press release dated April 1, 2008, heralds a new venture dubbed Virgle: "Some people are calling Virgle an 'interplanetary Noah's Ark,'" said Virgin Group President and Founder Sir Richard Branson, who conceived the new venture. "I'm one of them. It's a potentially remarkable business, but more than that, it's a glorious adventure. For me, Virgle evokes the spirit of explorers such as Christopher Columbus and Marco Polo, who set sail looking for the New World. I do hope we'll be a bit more efficient about actually finding it, though."
According to the Virgle press release, the first folks to be sent to the Red Planet will be chosen based on online questionnaires, video submissions and "inadequate Google and Virgin personal performance reviews."
The second gag is Gmail Custom Time, which allows Gmail users to send email back in time, as far as April 1, 2004, when Gmail launched.
"If we were to let you send an email from Gmail before Gmail existed, well, that would be like hanging out with your parents before you were born—crazy talk," the company said.
More April Fools jokes as they occur.
— Andrew Krukowski