April Fools’ Day

We can all prepare for the onslaught of April Fools’ day stories spreading across the web today. Most of which are neither clever nor amusing. But the Guardian has managed to get a laugh out of me by poking fun at the recent Twitter obsession in the media (represented in the Globe by stories like Margaret Wente’s “Ego Tweeto, Ergo Sum” and Ian Brown’s musings that twittering is motivated by a fear of death) with their story:

Twitter switch for Guardian, after 188 years of ink

A mammoth project is also under way to rewrite the whole of the newspaper’s archive, stretching back to 1821, in the form of tweets. Major stories already completed include “1832 Reform Act gives voting rights to one in five adult males yay!!!”; “OMG Hitler invades Poland, allies declare war see tinyurl.com/b5x6e for more”; and “JFK assassin8d @ Dallas, def. heard second gunshot from grassy knoll WTF?”

In other April Fools’ day news, the Confiker virus (the latest version of Y2K) has apparently failed to strike.


  1. I had a couple of good April Fool’s jokes in my email this morning.

    One was an announcement from Orange Legal Technologies that they will soon be supporting the Klingon and “Porcine Latin” languages: press release.

    The other was my friend Andrea Vascellari, who is a social media consultant working internationally, who claimed he was giving it all up. I was particularly choked up by the video.

  2. Hehh… Yes it was just a joke ;) I’ll never give up!

  3. And thank you for helping me play April Fool’s on some of my friends, too, Andrea! :-)