Google Finds Unique Ways to Play Pranks on April Fools’ Day

Keeping the tradition of playing a prank every April Fools’ Day alive, search engine giant Google, on Tuesday.

Published: 02nd April 2014 08:28 AM  |   Last Updated: 02nd April 2014 10:39 AM   |  A+A-


Keeping the tradition of playing a prank every April Fools’ Day alive, search engine giant Google, on Tuesday, launched a treasure hunt where Google Map users were offered the chance to locate Pokemon characters roaming around a map of California in the United States.

Over the years, Google has played some memorable pranks like the ‘Google nose’ prank last year which had many people sniffing their smartphones/computers. This year, a simple ‘start’ button in the search menu of Google Maps led to a nationwide hunt for Pokemon characters who you would catch in a Poke ball.

Each catch would be recorded in a Pokedex entry which could be seen at the same place as the start button.

Another prank played by Google on Tuesday was the invention of the ‘Shelfie’ or the ‘Shareable Selfie’.

Many Gmail users saw a popup screen on their monitors as soon as they signed in with the following message, “You all love setting selfies as your custom theme in Gmail, but you’ve told us there’s one major problem: there isn’t a way to share your selfie with others. As the pioneering platform for selfies, Gmail is committed to being at the forefront of innovation in the selfie space. And we think it’s a tragedy that your handsome hair, luscious lashes and beautiful brows have been trapped in your own inbox. Until now, that is. Today, we’re proud to free your selfies by launching Gmail Shelfie, the SHareable sELFIE”

Gmail then gave you the option of setting your own ‘Shelfie’ to accompany your mail. Also part of Google’s collection of pranks was automatic photobombs where photos uploaded on Google+ which had some space on the side were displayed with former Baywatch star David Hasselhoff in them.

 Other pranks by the search engine giant included, Google Magic hand announced by Google Japan which lets you operate your phone with a glove like device, Wazedates by Waze, which was recently acquired by Google and Nest total temperature control by Nest, another acquired company.

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