Although the concept of Aprils Fools Day is nothing new the advent of Social Media means pranks now have a much larger scope and if executed well have the ability to go viral and reach a huge audience. Of course the cynics out there will say its just another marketing ploy by large corporations but when done right they can be really hilarious. So as the 1st of April rolls around we have taken a look back at the best online pranks from the last few years and put together a list of our favorites
Google for Dogs
it’s no surprise that the good people of Google are top of the list when it comes to April Fools Day with pranks like Google Coffee pumped directly to your house but our favourite was Google Apps for Dogs including the all important D-Mail – what dog could be without it ? Take a look at the video
Twitter – Can I Buy a Vowel ?
There was public outrage in 2013 when Twitter announced they were going to start charging for vowels – that is until we all looked at the calendar and realised they were just pranking us. The social Media giants announced they would launch a free service called “Twttr” which would have no vowels except the letter Y which would remain free or you could pay €5 for a premium and vowel abundant version. I’m sure you all spotted the inside joke that the original name of the company was actually “Twttr”
Canadian shoe retailer Miz Mooz caused quite a stir when they announced their newest product “The Selfie Shoe”. So convincing was their promotional video that they even managed to trick USA Today who later had to print a retraction of their coverage. The video of the selfie shoes was so popular that Miz Mooz are considering making them a reality – just what every girl needs !
“Why think outside the box – when you can eat it?” Domino managed to prank us with something we actually wish was real – a delicious crispy looking box that you can snack on. Not only is it delicious looking but it’s also pretty green helping to reduce packaging waste.
Galaxy Blade Edge: The Chef’s Phone of Choice
Virgin – Buying Planets & High Speed Fitness
Tired of sitting in traffic in the city while pedestrians zip passed your taxi ? Hailo is here to help with the “Hailo Piggy-back”. In their own words “We want people to really question what it means to travel from A to B - With with our latest feature, we really do have our passengers’ backs.”
Do you have a favorite that we didn’t include ? Let us know in the comments