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Google Is Skipping Annual April Fools' Day Prank for This Reason

Google is not participating in April Fools’ Day, despite their long-standing tradition of playing pranks on the holiday.

The search giant announced that they will skip the fun due to the ongoing pandemic, according to a report on Tuesday (March 31).

“Under normal circumstances, April Fool’s is a Google tradition and a time to celebrate what makes us an unconventional company,” Lorraine Twohill, Google’s marketing chief, wrote in an email obtained by Business Insider.

“This year, we’re going to take the year off from that tradition out of respect for all those fighting the Covid-19 pandemic. Our highest goal right now is to be helpful to people, so let’s save the jokes for next April, which will undoubtedly be a whole lot brighter than this one,” she went on to say.

“We’ve already stopped any centralized April Fool’s efforts but realize there may be smaller projects within teams that we don’t know about. Please suss out those efforts and make sure your teams pause on any jokes they may have planned — internally or externally.”

Google has been pulling annual April Fools’ Day pranks on the public since 2000, when they created the “MentalPlex.” They’ve also feigned reports for human settlement on Mars and a “mic-drop button” for Gmail.

Google Isn't Developing A Coronavirus Testing Site, Despite Donald Trump's Claims

During a press conference today (March 13), Donald Trump claimed that Google was developing a website dedicated to coronavirus testing.

“I want to thank Google,” Trump shared during the press conference. “Google is helping to develop a website. It’s going to be very quickly done, unlike websites of the past, to determine whether a test is warranted and to facilitate testing at a nearby convenient location.”

However, that is not true at all.

Instead, Google’s parent company, Alphabet, does have plans to launch a small-scale website next week that will be focused solely on the California-based patients.

“What we’re building is a triage tool that will live on, and we plan to pilot it in California next week,” said Carolyn Wang, a spokesperson for the Alphabet subsidiary, Verily (via CNN).

She added, “Our aspiration is for the triage tool to be used much more broadly over time. Initially, we’re linking it with several sites in the Bay Area to test and iterate, and collaborating closely with organizations like Quest Diagnostics and Labcorp who are also working on additional approaches to making testing more accessible and expedient in other areas.”

If you’re not caught up yet, here’s everything that’s been delayed so far because of coronavirus.

Google Reveals Most Searched-For Women of 2020!

Google just revealed the most-searched women of 2020!

The search company revealed the data on Sunday (March 8) in honor of International Women’s Day.

Data for the day includes: searches for “songs about girl power” reached an all-time high in the U.S., search interest in “women’s empowerment” increased by over 330% since 2004 in the U.S., and search interest in “women in tech” has increased by over 860% since 2004 in the U.S.

But which female stars were among the most-searched of 2020?

Click inside to find out…More Here! »

Google Reveals the Top 10 Search Terms of 2019

Google has released its “Year in Search” results for 2019 and the search engine broke down the data into several different categories.

Among the different categories are the Top Searched Actors, the Top Searched Athletes, and even the Top Searched Babies.

The company has also revealed the Top Search Terms of the year, which includes actors, news stories, movies, products, and more.

There are just two and a half weeks left in the year and we’ll be revealing more year-end data throughout the coming weeks, so stay tuned to!

Click through the slideshow for the top search terms of 2019…

How to Find the 'Wizard of Oz' Easter Egg on Google Today!

Google has done something really cool to celebrate the 80th anniversary of the classic movie The Wizard of Oz, which was released in theaters on August 25, 1939.

If you search “The Wizard of Oz” on the search engine today, you will notice that there are a pair of ruby slippers next to the movie’s name in the top right corner.

If you click the slippers, you hear Judy Garland (as Dorothy) saying “There’s no place like home” while your web browser starts spinning around like a tornado.

The web page then turns into black and white, just how the movie begins before the twister hits. If you hit the twister icon that is there now, you hear the classic music that played while Dorothy ran home as the tornado stormed in. The page then turns around and goes back to color!

Google's Top Searches of 2017 Released - Most Googled Celeb, TV Show, Movie & More Revealed!

Google has released their annual list of the most searched global trends of 2017.

This year, the search engine published data concerning top celebrities searched, top searches for television shows and movies, top music celebs searched, and more.

We’ve compiled all the search results into one place for you to check out the most popular topics of 2017!

Sound off in the comments if you agree with the top five results for each search! Stay tuned as we post more 2017 recaps.

Click through the slideshow to see the top searches of 2017 on Google…

Google's Gmail Mic Drop Prank for April Fool's 2016 Removed

Google unveiled it’s April Fool’s 2016 prank on late Thursday night (March 31), but it didn’t get to live long after lots of angry feedback.

The company added a new feature to Gmail that allowed users to send an email with the new “Mic Drop” button.

“Everyone will get your message, but that’s the last you’ll ever hear about it. Yes, even if folks try to respond, you won’t see it,” the company wrote in a blog post. “When you drop the mic, your email will also include an explanatory image–just to help set expectations.”

Lots of users complained that they accidentally used the button for important professional emails, so Google shut down the feature on Friday morning.

“UPDATE: Well, it looks like we pranked ourselves this year. 😟 Due to a bug, the Mic Drop feature inadvertently caused more headaches than laughs. We’re truly sorry. The feature has been turned off. If you are still seeing it, please reload your Gmail page,” the company wrote in the blog post.

WHAT DID YOU THINK of Google’s prank for April Fool’s Day?