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So Is Google Now Topeka?

Thu Apr 01, 2010 12:57 pm

This better be an April Fool's thing. Unbelievable.
Here's more if you're interested :
http://googleblog.blogspot.com/2010/...ifferent-kind-of-company-name.html
http://i44.tinypic.com/15xbbr.jpg

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RE: So Is Google Now Topeka?

Thu Apr 01, 2010 1:17 pm

Yeah, it's BS. The pic in the article looks doctored.
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RE: So Is Google Now Topeka?

Thu Apr 01, 2010 1:39 pm

Where have you been for the last, oh, ten years?

Google is (in)famous for pulling April Fool's stunts. So much to the point that they are the first ones to come to mind when I think of April Fool's.
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RE: So Is Google Now Topeka?

Thu Apr 01, 2010 3:56 pm

Yes, Google pulls many April Fools jokes. They have even altered their Google Maps Australia page to give directions in "Aussie Speak"...as in "chuck a left at 5th street" or "turn a smidge left on Muulurra Drive". My favorite are the toll roads..."ya may have have to cough up some cash along here"

Anyways, the image is very real. I like the story behind it, the "blog" entry when you click on the TOPEKA headline name, what with the correct way to use the name - "Before the blind date I did a Topeka search on him" being good, and "Before the blind date I topeka'ed him on Alta Vista" being bad.

I currently live and work just east of Topeka, and we have gotten a kick over March of the city being renamed Google to attract the new high speed Internet network. This could be the best marketing Topeka has ever gotten...that being said, the city is just an awful, awful, awful, awful, awful place.
 
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RE: So Is Google Now Topeka?

Thu Apr 01, 2010 4:06 pm

You mean "Google Translate For Animals" isnt real?
http://www.google.co.uk/intl/en/landing/translateforanimals/

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RE: So Is Google Now Topeka?

Thu Apr 01, 2010 4:10 pm

Quoting nighthawk (Reply 4):
You mean "Google Translate For Animals" isnt real?
http://www.google.co.uk/intl/en/landing/translateforanimals/

Dammit, I was just about to buy an android phone  

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RE: So Is Google Now Topeka?

Thu Apr 01, 2010 4:48 pm

Quoting varigb707 (Thread starter):
This better be an April Fool's thing. Unbelievable.

It isn't. Google, er, I mean, Topeka execs found a change necessary since Google is now a verb in addition to being a noun. Google is just too common a name to be worthy of such a company so that's why they changed the name to Topeka.

They are also moving their corporate headquarters, server farm, and what not to Google, Kansas. The jet will be traded in for magical beans.








 
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RE: So Is Google Now Topeka?

Thu Apr 01, 2010 4:55 pm

Come on! You actually fell for this?
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RE: So Is Google Now Topeka?

Thu Apr 01, 2010 5:11 pm

Quoting sw733 (Reply 3):
They have even altered their Google Maps Australia page to give directions in "Aussie Speak"...as in "chuck a left at 5th street" or "turn a smidge left on Muulurra Drive". My favorite are the toll roads..."ya may have have to cough up some cash along here"

Why won't they do that for the US?   

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RE: So Is Google Now Topeka?

Thu Apr 01, 2010 10:19 pm

Google also made the homepage for Gmail look like gibberish.
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RE: So Is Google Now Topeka?

Fri Apr 02, 2010 1:19 am

Quoting N1120A (Reply 9):
Google also made the homepage for Gmail look like gibberish.

They just removed the vowels. I thought that was hilarious.

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RE: So Is Google Now Topeka?

Fri Apr 02, 2010 2:32 am

The time it takes for a search is today being reported converted to various other exotic time units. Look in the upper right corner after a search it where it usually says "Results 1 - 10 of about nnnn for yyyy (0.xyz seconds)".

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RE: So Is Google Now Topeka?

Fri Apr 02, 2010 3:27 pm

Annnnnnd today it's back to Google. Specifically, a Hans Christian Andersen related Google theme.

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