April Fool’s: We’re Not in Google Anymore, HaHa
April 1, 2010
(ChattahBox)—You may have noticed this morning that Google is no longer Google. Not to worry, the ubiquitous search engine is still humming along nicely, but in honor of April Fool’s Day, the company changed its name to Topeka. HaHaHa— hilarious, right? Eric Schmidt, CEO of Google, who is busy these days battling with China’s censors, explained on “Topeka’s” blog that he changed Google’s name just for the day, in honor of the town Topeka, Kansas that changed its name to Google for a month in the hopes of scoring a super-speedy Internet connection, as part Google’s “Fiber for Communities” program.
Writing on Google’s, sorry, “Topeka’s” blog, Schmidt apparently really stretching to come up with additional reasons for his “Topeka” joke, likened his search engine to the early American explorers blazing the Oregon Trail in Kansas. Just like Daniel Boone and Davey Crockett, Google and his nerd kingdom blazed the pathways of the Internet. And just like the early settlers, who battled floods and other calamities, Google battles “stormy feedback” with its buggy “‘beta’ releases”
Read the hilarity:
“Early last month the mayor of Topeka, Kansas stunned the world by announcing that his city was changing its name to Google. We’ve been wondering ever since how best to honor that moving gesture. Today we are pleased to announce that as of 1AM (Central Daylight Time) April 1st, Google has officially changed our name to Topeka.”
“For 150 years, its fortuitous location at the confluence of the Kansas River and the “Oregon Trail has made the city formerly known as Topeka a key jumping-off point to the new world of the West, just as for 150 months the company formerly known as Google has been a key jumping-off point to the new world of the web. When in 1858 a crucial bridge built across the Kansas River was destroyed by flooding mere months later, it was promptly rebuilt — and we too are accustomed to releasing 2.0 versions of software after stormy feedback on our ‘beta’ releases. And just as the town’s nickname is “Top City,” and the word “topeka” itself derives from a term used by the Kansa and Ioway tribes to refer to “a good place to dig for potatoes,” we’d like to think that our website is one of the web’s top places to dig for information.”
Well, there you have it. I’m connecting the dots now: Oregon Trail, the New World, floods and potatoes = Google’s slightly interesting, but still lame April Fool’s joke.