It may technically be March 31, but April Fool’s Day is alive and well already on the world wide web. You know what they say, the early bird gets the sucker.
The first couple pranks stumping people on social media so far both come from Google. We saw it coming — they bring it every 4/1 with stunts like Google Nose (um, no joke anymore though!) Comic Sans for Everyone (thankfully a joke) and Gmail Paper (also, kind of not entirely a joke).
The cheeky search engine’s first 2014 stunt is, in a word… fun! Earlier today they posted a job listing for a Pokémon Master. You know, due to all the wild Pokémon that are running the streets these days, visible on Google Maps.
To see if you have what it takes to apply for the coveted position, make sure you have the latest version of Google Maps downloaded on your iPhone or Android phone. When you open up the app, hit the search button and tap the little Pokémon ball next to the words “Press start.” Little Pikachus will pop up in your hood. Catch ‘em while you can and follow Google Maps on social media for hints and tips.
Gmail is getting in on the chuckles too. They launched a suspicious new feature today: the Gmail Shelfie. It’s a twist on Gmail’s custom themes that lets you SHARE the selfie you uploaded as your email background. “Gmail Shelfie is built on the idea that you shouldn’t be selfish with your selfie,” they write. Instead, you can share it with the world/at least all of the people who email you. While “Shelfie” is a little catchy, we’ll file this one under Early Pranks. Well played, Google.
Stick with Brit + Co. tomorrow. We’ll keep our eyes out for any inter-pranks waiting to bite while you’re surfing the web on April Fool’s Day. And we promise — pinky promise that we won’t trick you ;)
What do you have up YOUR sleeves tomorrow? Fill us in below!