Tuesday, April 01, 2008
of my favorite Google April Fool's Day pranks, this year's "scratch n' sniff
" book search and Gmail's custom time
setting are pretty close to the top.
all-time favorite: Gmail Paper
. "Now in Gmail, you can request a physical copy of any message with the click of a button, and we'll send it to you in the mail.
...cost of postage is offset with the help of relevant, targeted, unobtrusive advertisements, which will appear on the back of your Gmail Paper prints in red, bold, 36 pt Helvetica. No pop-ups, no flashy animations—these are physically impossible in the paper medium."
the sad part is, is that alot of people (mainly my older family members) would probably actually love this feature. my aunt prints out almost every "important" email she gets. and when she finds a website with info, she prints every page. not just the text, but the whole page - banner, sidebar, ads, and all. we go through a lot of ink at home.
for a list of all Google's hoaxes, see the Wikipedia entry.
9:31 PM link it!