To all who woke up this morning, saw the top 3 headlines and decided that the world (and Internet) we’re going to hell, so might as well hit snooze. Happy April Fools’ Day!
Or it would be if the next 3 headlines didn’t give away every single April Fools’ trick these companies (and by companies, I mean interns) carefully crafted for your enjoyment. I shake my finger at you news media spoilers.
And to you Facebook comment spoilers, I shake my finger at you too. Just because you figured it out does not give you the right to post on its lack of veracity right there in the middle of my news feed.
What is the point of this holiday if you don’t have the enjoyment of stringing along that one gullible (wonderfully trusting, innocent) person all day?
I’m sure that’s what Google intended when they concocted their false headlines.
Don’t worry, I won’t spoil anything here. You’ll have to do you own detective work.
April Fools! Here’s one of Google’s announcements:
A recent survey found that Facebook is the most popular app in the US. Not at all shocking, until you consider what app it passed to claim the number one spot — Google Maps.
Yes, I know it is surprising that an app with an actual real life application was number one.
With Google Maps’ dethroning, it’s official the Internet has won. Fresh air, sunlight and actual human interaction, you put up a good fight. But it turns out we don’t actually need you.
Doctor—a simple enough word that can have an entirely different meaning depending on who you talk to.
To some it’s a title, earned. To others it’s a caretaker, someone who, well, takes care of things. And to a growing number, it’s Google.
Yes, I refer to the wonderful world of self-diagnosis.
It turns out, it’s not good for you.
In fact, even the best of the online physicians tend to over or under diagnose themselves.
Of course, any one who’s diagnosed themselves with bone cancer only to find out all they have is a leg cramp (so close), has learned this lesson.
But it is hard to believe their cautionary tales. They’re not Google, after all.
More on the Story: NBCNews.com
…just for fun:
We live in a world full of incomplete thoughts, sentences, words and phrases.
Lucky for us, Google is doing their best to eliminate this pesky human trait.
If you’re not familiar with Google’s autocomplete function, you’re probably not reading this so I’ll skip the lengthy explanation. However, those of us who do use this handy tool know that it has its ups and downs. Sometimes it knows you better than you know yourself. Other times, it makes you concerned about others’ Internet habits.
Either way, this useful tool will soon be expanding into your email content (for Gmail users).
No longer will you have to scroll through pages of emails to find the one telling you that dinner was moved to six halfway across town.
Of course, now you’ll have no one to blame, but yourself and your own correspondences when something creepy shows up in your Gmail autocomplete.
Who knows, maybe next we’ll have Gthoughts with autocomplete. you’ll never have to complete a…project, marathon, meal, sentence, thought…again.
More on the Story: MSNBC
…just for fun:
They’ve taken over your e-mail and web browsing; made themselves a verb and there’s a good chance they control your mobile phone.
But don’t worry, Google is not going to stop there.
Thursday, Google took the first step to taking over another area of your life when they purchased the king of restaurant surveys—Zagat.
No word yet on how Zagat will work itself into the Google empire, but I think we all can agree that whatever they’re cooking up with this acquisition is taking Google one step closer to world domination.
Sure we were happy to hand over our personal information, web search history, and the ability to read a map; but survey based restaurant recommendations?
This can’t lead to anything good.
More on the Story: New York Times
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