April Fools’ Day existed way before Google and YouTube turned it into an annual tent-pole event. But I admit that I didn’t looked forward to discovering the newest jokes, hoaxes, and pranks until the folks at GooTube circled April 1 on my calendar. So, now that the circus has come to town, erected a tent pole in what was an open field, and erected a big tent, what do the performers, clowns, and side-show acts look like?

YouTube Adds Darude – Sandstorm Setting

On many song-related searches on YouTube, it suggests Sandstorm by Darude. It also adds its button to any video that plays its sequence.

Google Launches elgooG

Google launched elgooG, a rotated version of Google.com. It provides you with a reversed Google site, known as Google backwards. (Which is a pretty spammy description of the search engine, if you ask me.)

https://youtu.be/uk2PZlMKAfY 

Play Google Maps Pacman

Google trumpeted out the fact that you can now play the classic arcade game PAC-MAN in Google Maps, using actual streets as your maze. Apparently, you can avoid the classic characters Pinky, Blinky, Inky, and Clyde as you negotiate some of the most famous streets around the world. But eat the pac-dots fast, because this game will only be around for a little while.

Take a #ChromeSelfie

Have you ever read an article that made your jaw drop or seen a funny clip that made you laugh until you cried? Now, #ChromeSelfie lets you show your friends exactly how you feel.

https://youtu.be/tOKWTYtu7Vs 

Smartbox by Inbox by Gmail by Google

Mail is a wondrous thing. From the early days of the homing pigeon to the herculean efforts of the Pony Express, mail has connected us for generations. The advent of email brought the world even closer together. And yet, despite this leap forward, physical mail still just sits there. In a box. All day. So today the Official Gmail Blog introduced Smartbox—a better, smarter mailbox that fuses physical mail with everything you love about the electronic kind:

NoCAPTCHA reCAPTCHA Dancing Robot

For years, Google prompted users to confirm they aren’t robots by asking them to read distorted text and type it into a box. Then, the Google Online Security team figured it would be easier to just directly ask users whether or not they are robots—so, they did! They’ve begun rolling out a new API that radically simplifies the reCAPTCHA experience. We’re calling it the “No CAPTCHA reCAPTCHA” and this is how it looks:

https://youtu.be/jwslDn3ImM0 

Google Fiber Dial Up Mode

The folks at Google Fiber are passionate about superfast Internet. They believe that people shouldn’t wait to connect to the things they care about— like that awesome YouTube video, can’t-miss TV series or those photos from the last family vacation. But as they’ve rolled out Google Fiber in Kansas City, Provo, and Austin, they’ve learned that Fiber has been impacting our subscribers in ways that they didn’t expect

. Loading bars used to give people an opportunity to pause and take care of the little things—like making a cup of coffee, taking a bathroom break, or playing with the dog. They’ve been told that Fiber’s seemingly instant connections have taken away that precious time. So, what if they could help people get their time back even while they used Fiber? They worked with dial-up engineers, 56k researchers, and T1 enthusiasts across the world to build our newest feature: dial-up mode.

https://youtu.be/XTTtkisylQw 

Google Panda (But Not That Google Panda)

Meanwhile, the folks at the Google Asia Pacific Blog asked a different question: “Haven’t we all yearned for a friend who could answer any question, while always being there for a snuggle?”  That’s why they launched Google Panda. With state of the art emotional and conversational intelligence, Google Panda changes the face of search.

From the smallest child to the grandparent who’s never used a computer, anyone who can ask a question can own and love a Google Panda. Now available in Japan, Google Panda comes in classic black and white, offering answers and hugs in two sizes: Panda 5 and Panda 6.