This year’s top April first New Media pranks are:
1. Topeka – perhaps the highest profile prank of the year goes to the search king; Google renamed itself “Topeka” after the Kansas City named itself “Google” in a bid to get Google’s attention for testing its planned high speed network. Another Google prank was TechCrunch’s report that Google is going nuclear.
2. Obama’s Seder Invite – Bob Tedeschi at the New York Times wrote a popular post on a fake invite he tried to create to Obama’s Seder dinner using smart phone apps.
3. Starbuckets – the coffee giant “introduced” ridiculous new coffee sizes using online user generated, “crowd-sourced” ideas.
4. Justin Bieber or Die – teamed up with comedy website FunnyOrDie.com. Lame.
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