A Smorgasbord of April Fools’ Day Pranks

It comes around every year, but somehow April Fools’ Day still brings out the creative side in the tech world. Here’s a running roundup of April Fools’ jokes, 2013-style.

Google Nose: Search for objects like freshly baked cookies or a new car, and smell them right from your computer.

WaggingWire: The newest offering from WeddingWire, this site helps pets shop for the perfect wedding collar, find pet-friendly venues, and tie the knot in style.



YouTube announces that the site’s eight-year tenure was actually a contest for the best video. The site plans to shut down at midnight and pick the winner. In 2023, after the YouTube team watches and rates all the videos, it will reopen to showcase the one, ultimate YouTube video.

Twitter announces Twttr: the new standard in micro-social networking, also known as Twitter without vowels allowed. In order to make use of your a’s, e’s, i’s, o’s, u’s, and sometimes y’s, you’ll need to pay $5 per month for the full Twitter service.


Contactually becomes Concatually: The contact-management service has been hijacked by cat sorcerers, so all your contacts show up as cats.


RunKeeper releases an iPad app: if your iPhone is too small, RunKeeper is now compatible with your tablet – chest strap not included.

TroopSwap breaks the news: the US Army has opted to change its uniforms from the familiar camouflage pattern to something a little more…fun.

TroopSwapPassword-eliminator LaunchKey introduces a new way to log on to your favorite websites: DancePass! Simply record your signature dance via webcam, then use it in place of a password.

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Hubspot previews SprocketVision, a Google Glass-like pair of googles that help you zero in on qualified leads in real-life. They’ll even whisper tips in your ear about what to say next. On backorder until 2020.

Photo credit: Flickr user tomylees

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Kira M. Newman is a Tech Cocktail writer interested in the harsh reality of entrepreneurship, work-life balance, and psychology. She is the founder of The Year of Happy and has been traveling around the world interviewing entrepreneurs in Asia, Europe, and North America since 2011. Follow her @kiramnewman or contact kira@tech.co.
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