Indexing & Search Engine: Google April Fools' Day 2011 Includes Teleportation, Chromercise
Google April 1 continued its decade-plus-long tradition of April Fools' Day gags and goofs in 2011, seemingly toning it down a bit from previous years with fewer jokes and a lot less effort put into them. Gone is the artificial-intelligence-themed product suite powered by CADIE, the "Cognitive Autoheuristic Distributed-Intelligence Entity" technology from 2009. In are more subtle tricks like vowing to hire autocompleters for its search engine, Gmail Motion, Google Docs Motion. Sure, Google China is offering teleportation, which is wacky, but that's the lone freak standout in a sea of calm jokes. In case you missed CADIE and others going back to 2000, eWEEK offers a slideshow history of those goofs here. Meanwhile, here are many of the April Fools' Day attempts for 2011. We won't claim to get all of them; new gags and Easter eggs from Google's myriad department are being spied as we speak. But we found 10 good ones. Enjoy!