April Fools on the Web 2011

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I’ll be staying up late tonight to watch the beginning of April 1st 2011 and have some fun looking at all the great April Fools Days pranks on the web.

Be on the lookout for updates but I think you can expect something from a few repeat offenders:

Woot.comThinkgeek.com, and even Google.com

It’s been a few years since I’ve covered April Fools Day web pranks but you can check out a few older posts and you can also rank this year’s pranks at aprilfoolsdayontheweb.com

Updates – Here we GO!

Google Romance: “… you’ll live happily, and contextually, ever after.”

ThinkGeek’s products are up! – Get an “I, for one, welcome our new computer overlords” shirt with $15 purchase.  My favorite of the bunch – Angry Birds Pork Rinds:

>  All YouTube videos can now be played in 1911 silent mode – about time, the talkies ruined everything!  Maybe not available on all of them though.

>  Looking for some good pranks?  Looks like you can change someone’s Google’s language preference to Elmer Fudd or their Facebook to Pirate-English!  Details@ USAToday.com

> Update 12:47am EST – Time to head over to see what Woot! has coming up at 1am EST!  Usually there is a bag of crap around – read carefully!  Get your credit cards ready!

> Ok So Woot is making you complete game levels as their smart post snail delivering Bags of Crap to earn your April Fools Day bag of crap- I think I grabbed one but the site is acting funky for me so we’ll see.   Avoid the obstacles and shoot the packages with your spacebar, but only shoot into the houses wondering where their BOC has gotten off to!


- Looks like they are trying to fix the funky, as an FYI you the BoC are broken into segments, one allotment per game level.  Looks like I got off easy and snagged a level 1 Crap, keep playing and level up to get the higher level craps… and let me just say HAHA that snail is sloooooowwww :-p

-And it’s back – you’ll need flash to play if you are having problems make sure you are up to date and flash is not blocked!

- Get your Crap?  Brag about it over in the Deals.Woot Community Section ( I’m Tygerdave – say hello!)

> Kodak is touting their new app, Relationshiffft! - “Status change? Don’t delete…Relationshiffft!   Photo and video person purge helps you move on.”

> Nerd Comic xkcd goes 3D – The joke will be on you when you puke after the 45 seconds…  (also seems to have broken image linking on newer comics so you’ll have to go yourself)

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A Year Without Posts, Now What?

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What do you do when things get busy and your creative energies are being focused elsewhere? You cut back on things that aren’t as important or as interesting. I cut back on my online reading and playing with new start-ups – and, well here we are 1 year to the day and no posts. Maybe you are in the same boat as me? You like having a site and like that you’ve written some things that people still find useful, and have a few things you’d still like to write about?

What can you do to breathe a little life back into your site?

  • Set the bar LOW: Once a month is a crappy goal when you were cranking out 5 posts a week, but better than once a year!
  • Set a specific day: Put it on your calender, think about your post during your commute, type some notes on your break at work, have lunch at somewhere with wi-fi and crank out that post.
  • Get a buddy: Know someone else that is still posting away or even that isn’t and wants to get back to it? Have lunch with them and talk about posting or even write together
  • Reward yourself: Pick something small as a reward for yourself when you finish a post

I’m sure that there are a number of other things that people have done to get the ball rolling again and if anyone is still out there that has succeeded I’d love to hear about it.

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