April Fools or nah?

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So, I’m always a little skeptical of anything I read on the internet. Let’s be real – it’s way too easy to create something entirely untrue online (and to get people to believe that it’s true). And on April 1st, it’s pretty much to the point where I don’t believe a single thing I see online all day.

Still, it has been quite interesting to watch other people react to April Fools schemes online. Tumblr went the traditional prank route, creating a video promoting the “Tumblr Executive Suite.”

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Clicking the video lead to the appearance of an obnoxious animated copy machine that follows you down your dashboard – reminiscent of the Microsoft Office animated “assistant” Clippy the paperclip. Tumblr’s “Coppy” actually got so annoying that someone went through the trouble of figuring out how to use Chrome adblock extensions to get rid of it.

On the other hand, Reddit created a social experiment of sorts with their April Fools special by dropping a button with a 60-second countdown on their site. Users with registered accounts could click the button once to reset the timer…but no one knows what would happen if the timer actually reached zero. Naturally, this created a heated divide between pro-pushers and anti-pushers.

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And of course, it wouldn’t be a modern April Fools’ Day without an influx of fake new technologies. It’s actually been pretty interesting to see what people came up with this year, and how they relate fake products to real-life trends. For instance, selfie-tech was a major theme this year, ranging from intentionally ridiculous (selfie shoes) to almost believable (pet selfie sticks and selfie cars).

Lately technology has been growing and expanding so fast, often into more experimental realms, that some of these April Fools developments don’t seem too far-fetched. (Here’s a video quiz to see if you can identify fact from fool.) Just goes to show you shouldn’t be afraid to follow through with some “foolish” ideas  – think outside the box!

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