Today is the second day of April, and I experienced a few great April Fool's jokes yesterday. The best in a few years at least!
Facebook used some subtle messages in the news feed. My favorite:
Multiple huge, gigantic threads appeared on Community using Harry Potter character pseudonyms. Hermione Granger was running for CG President, Lord Voldemort entered the system, and George and Fred Weasly wreaked havoc like usual.
However, Google had by far the best April Fool's jokes, mostly because I believed one of them:
I really believed that Google would send me paper copies of my emails, though I didn't quite understand why they would. But their explanation of targeted ads made sense, especially since that isn't uncommon in their other services. What caught me off-guard though were quotes like, "I've always felt uneasy about the whole internet thing," and "Gmail Paper is made out of 96% post-consumer organic soybean sputum, and thus, actually helps the environment."
Also check out Google's other jokes:
Google was so realistic, especially since I was just browsing the numerous services Google offers. Web, images, video, news, maps, blogs (including the one I'm writing on now), books, froogle, groups, patents (!), scholar, and a million more at http://www.google.com/intl/en/options/