Were you one of us who unsuspectingly got fooled on the much-awaited April Fools Day? Well I was, but I am proud to say that I got tricked by the original pranksters who have a heightened sense of intelligence and humour- Google.
Senior executives at Google launched their annual April Fools’ Day prank yesterday, when they posted a link on the company’s search engine page, www.google.com, offering consumers a free, high-speed wireless Internet connection through their home plumbing systems!
Google went so far as to say that its TiSP, which incidentally stands for Toilet Internet Service Provider, works well with Microsoft’s Windows Vista OS.
The prank included a mock press release that even quoted Google co-founder and president, Larry Page; a step-by-step installation manual, and even a list of FAQs.
“There’s actually a thriving little underground community that’s been studying this exact solution for a long time,” Page said in the facetious statement. “And today our Toilet ISP team is pleased to be leading the way through the sewers, up out of your toilet and – splat – right onto your PC.”
As part of the spoof, Google said TiSP would be offered in three speeds: Trickle, The No. 2, and Royal Flush. That’s a reference to “Net Neutrality,” a big political battle over tiered pricing that Google and other e-commerce companies are waging in Congress against cable and telephone companies.
Marissa Mayer, a Google vice president even went on to call TiSP a “breakthrough product”, especially for those users who, like Larry Page himself, do much of their best thinking in the bathroom!
Apparently, on some Google sites around the world, the company’s official logo that changes according to the season and on holidays, substituted a toilet pot for the second “g”!
The Google homepage must surely be visited by over a million people a day. Wonder how many of them got fooled?