UPDATE 5:20 p.m. Google's had a lot of fun today, including creating Gmail Blue, but one of the fake products they've made for April Fools' Day is about adventure. It's Google Maps' new "Treasure Mode."
Treasure Mode probably won't lead you to any golden trinkets, but it does at least change the physical appearance of Google Maps. Go play around with it at maps.google.com/treasure, and who knows — maybe X does mark the spot.
Here's a screenshot of what the greater Los Angeles area looks like in Treasure Mode world, complete with Mann's Chinese Theatre and the Hollywood sign marked on the map:
They even offer the Treasure Mode equivalent of Street View — Periscope View. Here are the KPCC offices viewed through the periscope:
- Google Nose was unveiled Monday morning. It's "the new scentsation in search." Just put your nose to the screen to sample "15M+ sentibytes."
- Google's also offering new options to its "I'm Feeling Lucky" button, including "I'm Feeling Wonderful" and "I'm Feeling Hungry."
- Twitter is out with "Twttr," a version that only lets you use consonants.
- YouTube is shutting down until 2023 because it "finally has enough videos" to select the best video of all time.
- The Guardian introduces "Guardian Goggles" — "augmented spectacles" that take you to a new universe.
- NPR's "Morning Edition" profiled "Hootie and the Time Travelers," a group of reenactors who celebrate the '90s.
- Procter & Gamble rolls out Scope Bacon (a few days early, though, so maybe there's hope!).
If you haven't looked at the calendar yet, trust us: it's April 1.
And if you see or hear something that's really funny, please share it in the comments thread.