Geeks Panic After Google Fails To Deliver Any April Fool's Day Gags

Fake News written by Ann Oneemuss on Tuesday, April 1, 2003

from the is-the-googleclysm-approaching? dept.

SILLYCON VALLEY -- Is Google becoming yet another uncool PHB-dominated company? That's the question many geeks and Google groupies are asking after the search enging failed to publish any April Fool's Day spoofs or even change its logo for the day.

"This is not a good sign," said one industry analyst who is always available for comment. "There's rumors of an IPO. And instead of doing something fun for April 1st, their bland site only contains links like 'Advertise with Us' and 'Business Solutions'..."

Many geeks are worried that Google has "jumped the shark", to misuse a metaphor. "Yahoo-with-an-exclamation-point went from cool to yet another lame portal site within a matter of months," explained a computer industry historian specializing in the 1999 Dotcom Era. "The marketers, PHBs, and venture capitalists starting calling the shots and things went downhill from there. Could Google be next?"

The thought of Google tossing aside its geekish roots for corporatedom is not a pleasant one. "I shudder to think what could happen next," said a Google groupie. "Many people have become utterly dependent on the Benevolent Google Search Engine Monopoly. If we can't trust them anymore, then what are we going to do? Go back to using AOL Search?"

Not everybody available for comment was so pessimistic about Google's future. "Nobody can create a compelling April's Fools Day joke every year. We shouldn't read too much into this. As long as their search results allow me to continue finding... ahhhh, adult reading material, than why worry?"

A spokesperson for Google was unavailable for comment at press time, although admittedly we didn't try very hard.

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