April Fools Day Spam Invades Google

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Ok, maybe it’s not spam and part of the overall joke, but a search for Google in Google News results in multiple April Fool’s Jokes, most of which are not labeled as such.

April Fools Jokes

The blogger / search marketer / prankster in me loves this stuff, but what about the average Internet user or 10 year old student who has no idea that what is supposed to be news is infact, a prank on their behalf.

Kind of reminds me of the Looney Tunes short where Bugs is teaching his nephew American History, then the nephew fails his test and comes home wearing a Dunce cap.

Should Google News honor a rel=NoAprilFools attribute so these stupid posts and articles don’t get indexed and mixed with the real news?

Please leave your comments below and remember, think of the children.

Loren Baker
Loren Baker is the Founder of SEJ, an Advisor at Alpha Brand Media and runs Foundation Digital, a digital marketing strategy & development agency.
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  • Sathish AR

    rel=NoAprilFools attribute. This could be a good idea to avoid spam

  • Philipp Lenssen

    At Blogoscoped we can define on a per-post level which articles make it into Google News and which should be hidden. So for satire, it won’t end up in Google News. Same for an April Fool’s joke unless it’s a disclosed reporting on the joke.

  • Teasas Tips

    I got pranked by a blogger today and did not realize it was an april fools joke…I took it quite seriously because the prank took over my browser and kept opening up windows…not funny at all

  • Gershon Schwartz

    This looks pretty real as per google just the idea is so crazy this must be an April fools joke, yes??
    This comes straight from the Gmail log in , what you say guys and gals??

    Start of Quote from G Mail “”

    New! Gmail Custom TimeTM
    Ever wish you could go back in time and send that crucial email that could have changed everything — if only it hadn’t slipped your mind? Gmail can now help you with those missed deadlines, missed birthdays and missed opportunities.

    Pre-date your messages
    You tell us what time you would have wanted your email sent, and we’ll take care of the rest. Need an email to arrive 6 hours ago? No problem.

    Mark as read or unread
    Take sending emails to the past one step further. We let you make emails look like they’ve been read all along.

    Make them count
    Use your custom time stamped messages wisely — each Gmail user gets ten per year.

    Worry less
    Forget your finance reports. Forget your anniversary. We’ll make it look like you remembered.

    End of Quote from G Mail

    So what do you think??? If this is true its the craziest things Ive ever seen!

  • luc-mobile

    Screw the children. The Internet is no place for children. Some parts of it may be suitable to them, but most of the Internet isn’t, and it’s up to parents to determine what their children are smart enough or too dumb to see.