Tuesday, April 1, 2008

Gmail's Custom Time ~ April Fool's Joke

So this year's joke from the kind people on Google's gmail team is the Custom Time feature. Now this one took me a while to get. I read the whole page thinking, 'Wow, this is interesting, but whats the point?'. It was as I read the page a second time that I realized that it was a joke and started to laugh. And I really was considering just how I would use it and how evil people would be with that tool. I must admit that I got the biggest kick out of this 'testimonal':

"I just got two tickets to Radiohead by being the 'first' to respond to a co-worker's 'first-come, first-serve' email. Someone else had already won them, but I told everyone to check their inboxes again. Everyone sort of knows I used Custom Time on this one, but I'm denying it."

Plus this statement from the team pertaining to why they are only allowing people 10 uses of this was funny as well:

"Our researchers have concluded that allowing each person more than ten pre-dated emails per year would cause people to lose faith in the accuracy of time, thus rendering the feature useless."

All in all, good joke you guys. Had me going there for a while. Its always nice to take a few moments out of the day to have a good laugh.

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