Google Launches ‘Google Panda’ And ‘Elgoog’ For April Fools’ Day
Google went prank-crazy for April Fools’ Day on Wednesday, not only creating a Pac Man Google Maps (aka Pac-Maps), but also a backwards Google – Elgoog.
Google April Fools’ Day Pranks
Google launched Elgoog at midnight on Monday, tweeting a link to the special backwards google – com.google.
— Google (@google) April 1, 2015
Unfortunately, the link now re-routes to regular Google, but for an entire prank-filled day, Google users could search for things and get backwards answers.
Google also rolled out a special new Internet feature: Google Fiber Dial-up Mode – “a way for our users to get their time back.” This prank is perfect for anyone feeling nostalgic for the days when you had to wait long stretches of time for your computer to connect.
“Before dial-up mode, everyone was glued to their devices. Now we can have family time again. I call it ‘dial-up and hug,’” says Carlos Casas in the fake Google Fiber ad.
Google Japan launched ‘Google Panda’ in honor of April Fools’ Day, a cuddly and lovable search engine and companion. The Panda comes in two sizes: a smaller Panda 5, and a larger Panda 6 – a not so subtle dig at the new iPhone sizes, no doubt.
Google also announced multiple “new” features, like a self-operating Chromebook that surfs the web for users so that they can do other things at the same time. “These Chromebooks are responsible for the majority of ALL CAPS comments on the web,” reads the announcement. Chrome also pranked users with a “Chrome selfie” feature that would allow users to add reaction selfies to any page.
Google Hangouts and Gmail also got in on the fun, with Gmail rolling out an upgraded mailbox for physical mail, which they called the ‘Smartbox.’
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