April 1, 2013 promises to be one of the funniest in the history of April Fools’ Day thanks to social media. Google and Twitter, in particular, have outdone themselves.Here is a quick roundup of their announcements.
“YouTube will no longer accept new video uploads”
Google Treasure Maps
Add emoticons to your Google+ photos
Many months of research on how people communicate on the Internet have convinced us that when it comes to expressing yourself, nothing beats the richness and elegance of a few properly placed colons, parentheses, letters and hyphens.
:-) :P :O :/
These representations of your innermost emotions are simple, and best of all, unambiguous :P
So starting today, we will give you the option to add stylized emotions to your photos. To give it a try, simply open one of your pictures in the lightbox, and click the “Add emotion” button at the top left of the screen.
We will plumb the emotional depths of everyone in the photo, then summarize their feelings with a beautifully crafted, emotion icon. Click on the button again to return to the original version of your photo. We hope you enjoy using the feature and we look forward to seeing your emotionally-charged posts ;)
You can also check out +Emotions, the Google+ Community especially created to celebrate the new feature.
Renovate your house on Street View with Google SCHMICK
SCHMICK stands for Simple Complete House Makeover Internet Conversion Kit.
You’ve got visitors to your site, and they are from the International Space Station!
- Introducing Google Fiber to the Pole
- Levity Algorithm (Fans of The Walking Dead will see a familiar face ;-))
Twitter introduces Twttr, its consonant-only social network
“For five dollars a month, you can use our premium “Twitter” service which also includes vowels,” says Kvyn Wl, director of products, on the Twitter Blog. “
“In addition to our normal suite of Promoted Products for advertisers, we are now also offering a single character extension, expanding the length of a Tweet to 141 characters, for those moments when you need just one more character to finish your thought. The price of the extra character is based on a bidding system reflecting the popularity of the character you would like to add. Sorry, only one-letter bidding is allowed.”
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