Love it or hate it, one thing’s for sure, the annual day of trickery marked April 1st is downright annoying when it comes to the Web.
From Gmail Custom Time (sending you back in time to send e-mails that can change the course of history) to a phony TechCrunch vs. Facebook lawsuit (equally not funny), these gags are simply a waste of our time.
Big blogs and small blogs alike all try to see who’s the ‘cleverest of them all.’
Resident editor Thord Daniel Hedengren talks about how writers must be on extra guard come the first of April. Scribes run the risk of getting caught with their pants down – potentially killing their credibility.
Readers, on the other hand, can sit back and enjoy the show. But here’s the thing: I just find the silly Web gags self-serving.
I love a good gag. Like the time dad left a humongous bluefish he caught in the tub for poor ol’ mom. But when it comes to the Internet, I think the jokes are lost in translation.
Call me a Grinch.
What do you guys think?
Of course, if you rip me a new one, I’ll just say this was all one big joke.