It is a widely known fact that the first day of April is April Fool’s Day and is the only day that is is really socially acceptable for everyone and anyone to play whatever joke on someone that they want. While some people hate this day and call it stupid, others really enjoy it and take full advantage of it. This year, many online companies celebrated April Fool’s Day and played pranks on their users. If you are not a fan of the first of April, it was probably best to stay off the internet.
Two of the big forms of social media, Facebook and Twitter, jumped on the bandwagon and each pulled a prank. The creator of Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, wrote on his timeline that Facebook would soon enforce “Facebook Friend Fence” for this year. Basically this would mean that users could pick 20 of their friends that they could view their pages in addition to their own. If a user wanted to view an additional friend, they would have to pay a monthly fee of $1.99. So many people have Facebook now, and most of them have over a hundred friends, easily. Then Twitter announced that they would start charging users for the use of vowels in tweets. It explained that users could only use consonants and if they wanted to use vowels, they would have to pay $5 a month.
Microsoft also got in on the fun and used their Bing search engine for their prank. If someone were to type “google” into Bing, it would take them to the Bing page, but it would look exactly like a Google page with the same colors and layout.
Some others include Google making the announcement that Youtube will be ending by the end of they day and it had actually been a contest to find the best video the whole time. Google also said that they would start the “Google Nose” search engine which was a dig at Microsoft which jokingly launched Gmail Blue.