Google still focuses on making special products for April Fools' Day--this year again, Google has announced a huge list of new initiatives including:
Google Maps now has a new feature called "Treasure Mode" that lets you explore hidden treasure map belonging to the infamous pirate, William "Captain" Kidd.
"The map was found on a recent expedition in the Indian Ocean, as part of a deep-water dive to expand our underwater Street View collection. Captain Kidd was rumored to have buried his treasure around the world, and tales of a long-lost treasure map have lingered for generations," informs Google.
To access Captain Kidd's treasure map, visit here or on the "Treasure" button in the top right corner of Google Maps. If we all work together, we can solve the mystery.
Update: Google Analytics now reports 41 visitors from the International Space Station
If you check the Real-Time section of Google Analytics today, you should might have 41 active visitors on your site from the International Space Station - Control Room. If you click on that "city", then click on Traffic Sources or Content and you'll get a special April Fool's message:
Google+ add Emotion Button. Whether you're feeling a little 🙂 or :/, Google's "Add emotion" button now has you covered.
"We will plumb the emotional depths of everyone in the photo, then summarize their feelings with a beautifully crafted, emotion icon," reads the Google+ post. "Click on the button again to return to the original version of your photo. We hope you enjoy using the feature and we look forward to seeing your emotionally-charged posts."
Google Play now lets you add new "Awesome" application--in the Developer Console now you'll see a new option on the dashboard. Right next to the "Add new application" button is "Add new awesome application."
Click that button, Google promises to help you build a new app based on "advanced machine learning algorithms" that have "discovered … the common patterns and characteristics of successful applications."
And then there's one more step to get to a funny form where you can choose where the app should be featured, as well as which Google employees should develop the app -- Larry and Sergey is an option.
When you submit the form, Google's landing page tells you that its programmers are already hard at work on your app -- the numbers you see below (4372 and 68) ramp up rapidly as you watch the page. The link at the bottom sends you to Wikipedia's page about April Fool's Day.
Update 2: Google Analytics re-imagined its Export and 'Send To' to support some legacy technology--with the "new set of old school export and send-to options" rolling out over the next few days:
- CDROM: you can soon export to CDROM, as well as Google will automatically label the CDs. Bonus: "insert your CDs into your car CD or portable CD player and we'll play either upbeat or melancholy sounds, depending on if your reports are trending the right direction," explains Google.
- 3.5 Floppy: export you data to 3.5 floppy and access it on your old IIGS, XT/ATs, 286, 386, 486 or similar.
- Sticky note: Export just one graph to a bright fluorescent sticky note and put it right on their desk where they can't ignore it.
- Papyrus report exports would be an exciting option that would provide a "wow" factor at your next presentation and make your data more tangible. Just be sure you keep them in a dry climate where it is most stable.
- Fax Machine: Export reports, in full color, directly to the fax machine of your choice along with a branded cover page.
- Electronic Telegraph: Now send a telegraph with an encoded message of the data of your choosing to 1800's business culture.
"For those super important "your eyes only" reports we also support encrypted morse code options as well. Note, the cost of sending 10 words (approximately 45 characters) is $1.55 (per the going rate of the 1850's) so choose the data you send wisely," Google notes.
- Carrier Pigeon: Fly your report via Google trained/trusty PigeonRank pigeons to their intended recipient.
"Note there is a weight limit associated with this option, so only choose rows 1-25 of data are selected at most or your pigeons may not be able to take off."
- Telegram Messenger: Send via telegram option will dispatch a telegram messenger on a Google bike to share a physical printout of the reports of your choosing.
"A future iteration of this option will include telegram messengers dressed up as characters who can deliver "hug-o-gram" reports to cheer people up," Google adds.