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The world will get a chuckle out of Google’s April Fools prank, “TiSP.” But unless you’ve been following their plans with Earthlink to develop a citywide wifi program pretty closely, you might have missed the element of mockery. You see, a competing plan proposed by San […]

The world will get a chuckle out of Google’s April Fools prank, “TiSP.” But unless you’ve been following their plans with Earthlink to develop a citywide wifi program pretty closely, you might have missed the element of mockery.

You see, a competing plan proposed by San Francisco Supervisor Tom Ammiano proposed building out a municipally owned network by laying fiber-optic cable alongside the city’s underground sewers.

Local columnist Matt Smith called Ammiano’s plan a “boondoggle” in this weeks San Francisco Weekly, though also complained that Gavin Newsom’s lack of political skill is what’s keeping Google from giving away “what amounts to free beer.”

Touche, Google. Touche.

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  1. Steve Morsa Sunday, April 1, 2007

    …takes “bathroom humor” and “potty jokes” to a whole new level…happy April Fools day, GigaOm team!

  2. Thanks Steve. Since everyone is doing the April Fool’s Joke thing today, I think we are going to sit back and enjoy the whole thing by reading other people’s funnies.

  3. Sounds kind of crappy to me. I wonder if it will require a new kind of packet sniffer? Ha! Ha!

    April Fools everyone!

  4. Kunal Patel Sunday, April 1, 2007

    Google also has another prank going.

    http://mail.google.com/mail/help/paper/more.html

  5. Coward Blogger Sunday, April 1, 2007

    As far as I remember, Google has been pulling pranks for the last 3 years keep it’s corporate humor kicking and alive on April Fool’s day.

    Surprisingly, Microsoft hasn’t yet copied this April Fool concept :-)

  6. The Sloof Lirpa Center Sunday, April 1, 2007

    Along those lines, the Sloof Lirpa Center has announced a vulnerability in Google’s AdSense code:

    http://www.slooflirpacenter.com

  7. Phil Butler Sunday, April 1, 2007

    It is apparent that funny rules the Web for sure! I tend to be the more serious type, but you have to be able to laugh.

    Next we will have Google scratch and sniff ads called Adsnifs.

  8. Keeping the April 1st’s tradition alive, here is an interesting post from Scobleizer’s blog:

    http://scobleizer.com/2006/04/01/announcement-im-going-to-google/

    Just wanted to share…

  9. want to share this site:
    http://www.chatany.com
    A virtual community, and it seems as a fools day present.

  10. Data Center Knowledge Sunday, April 1, 2007

    Google’s ‘Toilet ISP’ Not So Far Fetched…

    Elements of Google’s April Fool’s Day “Toilet ISP” gag were once a central feature in a start-up that raised $375 million….

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