Indexing & Search Engine: Google April Fools' Day 2011 Includes Teleportation, Chromercise
Google Chinas Teleportation
Google's China search portal is touting teleportation as an offering, leaving little doubt it is an April Fools' joke.
Viva La Vaca!
Do a search on Google.com today and as you type, you'll see a notification in the drop-down menu of the search box that Google is hiring autocompleters. Hires will watch anonymized search queries as they come in to Google, predict and type completions, suggest spelling corrections and stay current with query trends to offer fresh suggestions. So much for letting machines do the work.
Gmail Motion allows you to compose and reply to Gmail messages using your body. Gmail Motion uses your computer's webcam and Google's patented spatial-tracking technology to detect your movements and translate them into characters and commands.
Google Docs Motion
Like Gmail Motion, Docs Motion lets users control Docs with gestures. Gesture recognition includes over 10,000 supported gestures and emotions.
With Voice-alyzer enabled, Google will prompt you to spell everyday words with your keypad before it connects your call via Google Voice. If the Voice-alyzer determines that you are not in a fit state to be having a conversation, it will prevent the call from connecting and send you a text message with contact info for three local cab companies instead. Presumably, this will prevent drunk dialing.
To help people improve their typing speed, Chromercise is a new exercise regimen that loosens hands and fingers while "simultaneously tightening and toning your fingers' actual appearance." See this video to learn how it works.
YouTube is celebrating the top viral videos of 1911 to celebrate 100 years of the video-sharing service. Remember, April Fools' Day gags don't have to be plausible. YouTube noted: "It's hard to believe that just a century ago, YouTube was a fledgling video site for paupers and presidents alike. Today, we celebrate 100 years of YouTube, and we thought we would reflect on our inaugural year with a re-print of our first blog post from 1911."
Comic Sans, the reviled Microsoft Font, is making a comeback, Google-style, according to this Web site.
Google rolled out "old school" ad units in Display Ad Builder. These include "Punch the Monkey," "Click here for smileys" and "LOLcat," pictured here.