Google April Fools Day 2013 Roundup

Google April Fools 2013

Each year, Google creates a number of April Fools Day pranks which toy with the public. In previous years, the company has tweaked certain services such as Gmail, YouTube and even the Google homepage.

With any luck, this year shouldn’t be any different. So while I will be posting articles about as many 2013 pranks as possible, I will also be linking to them on this post. I will update this as soon as news comes through of a new prank, so it will always be current.

So Far..

YouTube has been an 8-year competition, shutting down on April 1st 2013

Google Nose, Smelling is Believing

Gmail Blue

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While we wait for more Google goodness, why not enjoy their pranks of 2012?

Google Maps for NES

Google Goro

Google Click-to-Teleport

Google Fiber Bar

YouTube DVD Collection

Chrome Multitask

Gmail Tap

Watch People Get Pranked By Microsoft

In the last few years, Microsoft have really tried to push the ‘live tile’ feature as much as possible. Windows phone has had the feature for a while, while the new Windows 8 operating system has just been given the colourful blocks. In an attempt to further promote this feature of Microsoft products, the company decided to prank innocent passers in Oslo.

Microsoft fitted the tile on a street next to a building which was emitting muffled music and was showing the¬†silhouettes¬†of people dancing, as if there was a concert going on in the room. When people stepped on the tile, the music became clearer. If the person continued to stand on the tile, the building’s wall falls around the terrified civilian, to show the concert going on. Then begins the flash mob.