Google is famous for playing pranks on this day. Like the famed Google Copernicus Center , Google Gulp and who can forget Google's future warping techonology : gDay , not to mention being Rickrolled by Youtube. Hell, even the announcement of GMail was considered to be a prank as 1GB space ( being offered at that time ) was totally unheard of at that time. Most e-mail providers provided anywhere between 5-10 MB of space.
But this time around, the mood at Google was in a down, what with all the lay-offs and all the down sizing. Many people were half expecting Google to just lay straight this year. And in a way I am happy to gee Google back at pranking everyone - it just means that hopes and morale at the Googleplex is back up.
In case you missed it, this is what google tried to fool us with :
- You tube tried to make us all watch our video's upside down.
- Google tried to change Australian Football by introducing gBall
- And for some reason the yellow person in google street view changed into a Panda
- GMail on autopilot
- Google Chrome in 3D ?
If any of you catch anything else off beat with google today, do let me know via the comments.