April Fools Pranks From Around The Web

Filed as News on April 1, 2011 6:18 pm

It’s April fools day otherwise known as the day when you disregard all news on the Internet and check back the next day to see if it’s real. Playing on the silly side, Google, AOL and a few others have put up their elaborate and humorous April Fool’s Day pranks.

Huffington Post Erects PayWall For NYTimes Employees

The New York Times has faced some retaliation from readers and Bloggers over erecting a paywall. While the publisher has tried to make good by allowing incoming links from social channels to sidestep the wall, backlash hasn’t eased.

Recognizing the opportunity to poke fun and mock the New York Times was AOL/HuffPo’s own pay wall. This pay wall is exclusive for New York Time’s Employees and mocks the restrictions placed on article viewing.

Dear New York Times Employee, thank you for visiting The Huffington Post!

We hope you’ve enjoyed your one free article this month.

As you may know, we are now charging New York Times employees for unlimited access to our content. You can come back next month for another free article or choose one of our NYT Employee Digital Subscription Plans ®.

In our most popular plan, Times employees can view the first 6 letters of each word at no charge (including slideshows of adorable kittens). After 6 letters, we will ask you to become a digital subscriber.

Subscribing is quick and easy.

If you’re a New York Times employee, we can’t see any reason not to subscribe! Just keep a look out for The Blog Herald’s own digital subscription service coming in the next few days.

Google Motion

In typical Google fashion is another fake feature coming to one its products. This year its Google Motion which allows you to control Gmail using only body motions and other gestures.

Motion is billed as a Beta product (for those who still don’t get the gag) and portrays a sarcastic view of office life and the tediousness of responding to emails

Angry Nerds

Angry Birds took the Blogosphere by storm. This year comes the amazing April Fools spinoff Angry Nerds. You get a random choice from six nerds: The Front Ender, The Hacker, The Outsourced, The Agilista, The Founder and The Dev Manager. The nerds feel like a spinoff of The Oatmeal’s take on Angry Birds.

What’s great about this gag is that Angry Nerds is playable in your browser for as long as you can endure the same level, characters and repetitive motion of the nerds.

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