April Fools' Day is upon us once again. Companies everywhere will postpone their daily tasks to partake in the tomfoolery that is April 1st.
If this year is anything like the last few years, we can expect a lot of product releases, update announcements, and a multitude of elaborate pranks from Google.
Of course, nothing of substance is usually announced on April Fools’ Day. No one wants to take the risk of announcing a new product or a major update to highly suspicious consumers hoping to avoid being fools. That said, April 1st pranks can be a great way for companies to drive traffic to their sites and to create buzz about their brands.
In this post, you'll find a compilation of some of our favorite April Fools’ Day pranks from recent years. Find them funny? Just click the share links below each to spread the laughter over Twitter.
Toshiba – Shibasphere game console
Toshiba announced a spherical game console with no controllers or cameras. Instead, the console uses infrared motion detectors to capture gamers every move. “Gaming so real, it’s unreal.”
The initial goal of YouTube was to find the best video ever created. As a result, YouTube announced that the site would be shutting down for 10 years to begin the process of selecting the winner. In 2023, YouTube claimed the site would go back online to feature the winner, and nothing else.
In 2012, Google claimed that they found treasure maps with encrypted symbols and codes. Google announced that they were going to release the map to the world so their users could help the Google team crack the code and find the long lost treasure.
Google Nose Beta was created to continue to provide Google users with exactly what they're looking for. Due to their "mobile aroma indexing program," Google Nose promised to connect search with smells for the first time ever. "The roses are now just a click away."