Google Got Me Again

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41 Astronauts looking at TriplePundit! Oh, wait.

Google is famous for its insidious April Fool’s pranks – just clever enough to get you excited for their new product, be it Google Nose, Google Maps in 8-Bit, or Gmail Tap, which turns your keyboard into a 2 button morse code system.

This year was no different, except I got really and truly taken – just for a second. The key to a good April Fools joke is knowing your audience. And if there’s anything Google knows about web publishers, it’s that we obsessively track our traffic. So imagine my excitement when I saw the spike in readers coming from – what – the International Space Station. The bubble bounces around the globe, just like the real ISS.

But guess what those crazy Cosmonauts are looking at:

Astronauts, now over Australia!
Astronauts, now over Australia!

Well played Google Analytics team.

Did you get pwned this year? What’s your favorite Google prank?

Jen Boynton

Jen Boynton has been the editor in chief of TriplePundit for 8 years. With over 6 million annual readers, TriplePundit is the leading publication on sustainable business and the Triple Bottom Line. Prior to TriplePundit, Jen received an MBA in Sustainable Management from the Presidio Graduate School and a degree in Sociology from Pitzer College. She spent a few years in the non-profit policy sector as well, but we won't talk about that. In her work with TriplePundit she's helped clients from SAP to PwC with their sustainability communications messaging. When she's not at work, she volunteers as a CASA -- court appointed special advocate for children in the foster care system. She enjoys losing fights with her toddler overlord and eating toast scraps. She lives with her family in sunny San Diego.

4 responses

  1. I was seriously expecting to see a post from you guys saying that you had signed a new corporate sponsor like Exxon-Mobile, Atlantic Richfield Oil Co or Genghis Khan and were now changing the 3P logo to Plunder, Pillage, Profit. Maybe next year? Personally I tried to convince both readers of my site that I had gone off the loony end, but they didn’t bite.

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