sneaky and clever like a mink

The title was inspired by one of my all-time favorite SNL skits.

Ha ha ha...I also found this SNL video. For you Barack Obama fans!

I love that Google tries to trick people every year on April 1st-April Fool's Day! They got me last year....though, I can't remember what the trick was. They didn't catch me this year, however. I loved what they came up with so I thought I would share it here!

Gmail Custom Time
Introducing Gmail Custom TimeTM

Be on time. Every time.*

How do I use it?
Just click "Set custom time" from the Compose view. Any email you send to the past appears in the proper chronological order in your recipient's inbox. You can opt for it to show up read or unread by selecting the appropriate option.

Is there a limit to how far back I can send email?
Yes. You'll only be able to send email back until April 1, 2004, the day we launched Gmail. If we were to let you send an email from Gmail before Gmail existed, well, that would be like hanging out with your parents before you were born -- crazy talk.

How does it work?
Gmail utilizes an e-flux capacitor to resolve issues of causality (see Grandfather Paradox).

How come I only get ten?
Our researchers have concluded that allowing each person more than ten pre-dated emails per year would cause people to lose faith in the accuracy of time, thus rendering the feature useless.

Their findings: N = Total emails sentP = Probability that user believes the time stampĪ† = The Golden RatioL = Average life expectancy

Beta User Testimonials
"The entire concept of 'late' no longer exists for me. That's pretty cool. Thanks Gmail!"
Miriam S., Delivery girl

"I just got two tickets to Radiohead by being the 'first' to respond to a co-worker's 'first-come, first-serve' email. Someone else had already won them, but I told everyone to check their inboxes again. Everyone sort of knows I used Custom Time on this one, but I'm denying it."
Robby S., Paralegal

"This feature allows people to manipulate and mislead people with falsified time data. Time is a sacred truth that should never be tampered with."
Michael L., Epistemology Professor

"I used to be an honest person; but now I don't have to be. It's just so much easier this way. I've gained a lot of productivity by not having to think about doing the 'right' thing."
Todd J., Investment Banker

For the full page display, go here.

Don't have time to look up the origin of April Fool's Day right now...can anyone comment on whether or not this is date is a universal day to prank people, or is it specific to certain places...?


Anonymous said…
The origin is shrouded in mystery, but the concept is fairly widespread and has been around for a long time. Here's a pretty good (long and thorough) explanation from the Museum of Hoaxes.
Thanks Anonymous!
That was a fun and interesting read about the holiday.
Looks like someone saved me the trouble and put this together! ha ha ha...sneaky Google!'s_hoaxes#2007

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