Thanks to the vigilance of Phillip J Rhoades and his obsession with HowToPhil.com‘s traffic, we’ve sorted out the April Fools joke perpetrated by the Google Analytics team — go check out your Real Time: Overview, and you should see this:
And since it is, supposedly, the International Space Station‘s control room, it moves across your Real-Time screen as it orbits — very funny but I think that Google jumped the gun because you didn’t assume that Phillip was keeping his eyes peeled like he does — he’s hyper-vigilant!
For your information, there are only 3 crew members of the ISS and not 41 — 4-1? April 1st done in the American style. Most of the world is saying, “41? What’s 4-1?” Because they write today’s date as 1-4-2013 and not 4-1-2013. Oh well, it’s an excellent — maybe too easy — tell.
- Probably The Best Visitor Ever – International Space Station Control Room (techfleece.com)
- Google’s past advertising and analytics related April Fool’s pranks (searchcerts.com)
- YouTube gets April Fool’s Day rolling a bit early (pennlive.com)
- Google declares end of YouTube in April Fool’s prank (news.cnet.com)
- April Fools Day should be about jokes, not lame attempts at gaining publicity (thenextweb.com)
- It Has Begun: April Fool’s 2013 Roundup From Around The Web [Continuously Updated] (androidpolice.com)
- SoundCloud; Here’s the Drop… April Fool’s Joke or Hack? (stephaniecaffrey.wordpress.com)
- April Fool’s Day Is Tomorrow. (allaboutbohemian.wordpress.com)
- Stackoverflow rolls out “Chat with an expert” (meta.stackoverflow.com)
- Google starts April Fools’ early with Google Maps ‘Treasure’ layer, ‘closing’ of YouTube (venturebeat.com)