An April Fools Roundup

So what does the April Fool’s roundup 2013 look like then. What is the balance between genuinely funny and painfully wooden corporate attempts to do casual humour.

First out of the blocks is the White House with a really quite unfunny Presidential address by some Youtube child sensation called Kid President. This was about as amusing as an episode of Miranda and left observers feeling that announcing that North Korea had just nuked Alaska would probably have been more of a hoot.

Youtube itself announced that it would be shutting down the site as their entire history had been a sort of cross between You’ve Been Framed and The X Factor, all geared towards a finite ‘most popular video’ contest. Over the other side of the Silicon Valley World Domination campus, Google was launching a new ‘Treasure’ feature to their Google Maps. Google also unveiled ‘Google Nose’ – a sort of virtual scratch and sniff where a database of 15 million smells was suddenly available to the discerning geek. Gmail announced a ‘blue ‘ rebrand that was a thinly veiled sideswipe at Microsoft’s forthcoming blue option for the less than stellar Windows 8.

Twitter revealed itself as actually having not a bad sense of humour as it announced it would now be charging for vowels. “Starting today, we are shifting to a two-tiered service: Everyone can use our basic service, Twttr, but you only get consonants. For five dollars a month, you can use our premium “Twitter” service which also includes vowels.

We’re doing this because we believe that by eliminating vowels, we’ll encourage a more efficient and “dense” form of communication. We also see an opportunity to diversify our revenue stream”

Serial publicity hound Richard Branson took a break from his excruciating adverts with the ubiquitously bland David Tennant to announce a glass bottomed plane. As the top comment on the Virgin web announcement said though ‘Worst April Fool Joke EVER! Now go sort my broadband.’

Corporations eh? Bless em/p>

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