Not One, but Two ‘Pranks’ from Google!

Well now I get the answer to my previously asked question! And it turns out to be:

  1. Toilet; and
  2. Paper

Don’t combine the above two answers (and end up with Toilet Paper!) but view them as separate entities. As if one hoax wasn’t enough, Google decided to put in two bizzarre pieces of ‘services’ on offer as part of their April 1st Launch Blitzkreig (Read as April Fool’s Hoax!).

Google TiSPThe first one is the TiSP Broadband Services for Free! TiSP stands for Toilet Internet Service Provider and is designed to bring broadband internet to your living….err…..Potty room using the existing sewer systems 😛 What stands out in the news item and the included installation guides and FAQ pages is the sheer abusrdity in concocting such a hillarious hoax. I have no doubt that many a gullible people would have fallen for it and believed it to be true, be it even for a second or two! I applaud the people who thought up this err…(can we call it crap?)….inanity and their efforts behind the elaborate FAQ’s installation guides and even the pictures. BTW, if you wanna know for sure if it is a hoax or not, yous hould’ave checked the webpage that the Google ‘Commode’ Logo was linking to :mrgreen:

Google TiSP Homepage | FAQ | Press Release | It IS a Hoax! |

Google PaperThe second one was restricted to the users of Google Mail in the sense that it made an appearance on the GMail login page as compared to TiSP’s appearance on the Google Homepage! Google Paper is all about how GMail users can get their emails printed by Google folks who will then courier the same to your address!

Google will print all messages instantly and prepare them for delivery. Allow 2-4 business days for a parcel to arrive via post.

A stack of Gmail Paper arrives in a box at your doorstep, and it’s yours to keep forever. You can read it, sort it, search it, touch it. Or even move it to the trash—the real trash. (Recycling is encouraged.)

Nifty, ain’t it? And what if you’re the type who doesn’t get much of text email but there are a lot of attachments? If those attachments are photos, then you’re in for a real good deal. But if they turn nout to be Mp3’s or Wav’s then you can kiss them goodbye!

Photo attachments are printed on high-quality, glossy photo paper, and secured to your Gmail Paper with a paper clip. MP3 and WAV files will not be printed. We recommend maintaining copies of your non-paper Gmail in these cases.

So Google is aiming to bridge the Digital Divide! But do they realize that steps towards this cause have been taken as long ago as 2002 itself?? And that too by the Indian Postal Department! This Rediff article says it all. But curiously enough, the website that it refers to, Indianpostoffice.net is just another Ad-page! And the original site of the Indian Postal Department – Indiapost.nic.in seems to be down 😦 I’ll update this post as and when I get the Info. Indian Postal Dept.’s site is Indiapost.gov.in and here’s what it had to say about ePost:

ePost Service is launched on 30th January 2004 nationwide. ePost service enables people to send and receive messages or scanned images through email in all 1,56,000 Post Offices in the country. For the first time in the country, people who would not normally have access to internet would be able to send and receive email messages without possessing an email id thereby bridging the digital divide in the arena of public communication systems. The advent of ePost is a turning point in the transformation of the Department of Posts into a modern , technology driven provider of communication services to the people of India.

Google Paper Homepage| It IS a Hoax! | Indian Postal Department | ePost |

So all said and done, April 1 hasn’t been a dull day for sure. On which other normal day would you get high-speed broadband internet access through your water closet and as an added bonus, get printed copies of all your emails and photographs…..for FREE??? Hail Google for these Hoaxnovations!!!

2 thoughts on “Not One, but Two ‘Pranks’ from Google!

  1. Got a mail regarding Google Paper. The link is blocked here

  2. Pingback: Its Virgle for 2008! « My Wierd Wired World

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