Google April Fools’ Pranks 2013: YouTube Closing, Google Nose, Gmail Blue and More [Video]

First, Google revealed its ‘plans’ to shut down YouTube; then it introduced “Treasure Maps.” This year’s April Fools’ Day the main joke has got to be Google Nose.

It seems like April Fool’s Day step by step becomes a national … well, international holiday for everyone that works for the Internet searching giant. Probably no web sites take the tradition of pranks and jokes as seriously as Google does.

Much like as the past year, the April Fools’ Day pranks arrived early from Google – the company deceives its users claiming that it’s going to shut down well-known YouTube to prepare to pick the Best Video ever.

YouTube were launched back in 2005 as a contest to find the best video in the world. And Google announced in YouTube blog that it’s high time the winner is picked.

The searching giant has also introduced Treasure Mode to Google Maps. And as Google warns, “Treasure Maps is our Beta Maps technology and has certain system requirements. Your system may not be able to display at higher resolutions than paper print. Take care when unfolding the map to avoid ripping it.”

Celebrating its ninth anniversary today, Gmail became blue, according to the Gmail Blog. And only one of the statements in that previous sentence is true.

For those in Australia who want to turn their house into “virtual artwork” on Street View, Google has unveiled Google SCHMICK – the Simple Complete House Makeover Internet Conversion Kit.

“Forgot to mow the nature strip? Deck it out with some fresh buffalo grass. Front steps falling down? Swap them out for doric columns and a pergola. Graffiti on the front fence? Cover it with so many palm trees people will think they’re on the Vegas strip,” reads the blog post.

With the announcement of their newest incredicle project, the giant reveals that they know where the future of online entertainment really is: smells. Meet Google Nose.

Google describes Nose as its “flagship olfactory knowledge feature enabling users to search for smells.” To learn more, watch the semi-serious video, above.

If one clicks the “Try Google Nose Beta” button on the landing site a random search term appears such as “diaper.” On the right there’s a description of the term (“baby powder and poop”) from the Google Aromabase/ Moreover, the option to smell and share the scent is provided.

“When users click on “smell,” a pop-up prompts them to “Bring your nose as close as you can to the screen and press Enter.” A progress bar then indicates that it is transmitting the scent,” Mashable reports.

For extremely curious users there’re other aromas, ranging from the enticing (brownies smell like “fudgy chocolate deliciousness”) to the repellent (a college dorm smells “sweaty, with scents of leftover pizza and burnt popcorn”).

What’s more, the introduced feature includes a SafeSearch “when you’re wary of your query,” and reveals a 15 million scentibyte database of smells, according to Nose’s landing page. Quick  access to the database is provided when selecting the “Nose Beta” tab in Search.

As Lena Carddeal, Google’s user-experience designer, so succinctly puts it: “Until now, we couldn’t always give user what they’re looking for. Because sometimes, they’re not looking at all.”

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