I don’t like doing April fools so I’d rather not. That does not mean that I don’t like reading all of the hilarious things floating around the net today. The best ones are the ones that are hilarious but are also real. A few examples of great products that came out on April 1st are the 188.8.131.52 DNS last year from Cloudflare and Gmail from Google 15 years ago (can’t believe that Gmail turns 15 today).
I have nothing against people doing their own April fools. The only thing to keep in mind is that person/people on the receiving end should also be laughing at the end. If it makes them feel bad it is not a good joke and you shouldn’t have made it in the first place.
Some of the best pranks this year:
- Europe’s subreddit turned into the UK House of Commons
- Duolingo unveiled a real-life owl that will make sure you learn
- Google’s Flutter unveiled support for COBOL
- Tinder’s unveiled its new height verification feature
- This hits close to home. Hyper’s fools revealed a USB-C hub with all the ports you are going to need on your new MacBook
- Lego unveiled Find my brick to find the brick you need from the pile
- And finally, Google classic April Fools that we love every year. A game from inside Google Maps. This year that game is Nokia’s Snake