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Google, finally shows its funny side

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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 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.

21 Responses to “Google, finally shows its funny side”

  1. At first I thought this might explain Google’s recent purchases of the ‘dark fiber’. Afterall, they would need the fiber to support the bandwidth for the free wireless internet connection they are offering. Unfortunately this is just an april fool joke but Google becoming ISP is not that far off.

    Karl,
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  2. Pathetic!

    just shows there are too many geeks in the company with less work.
    – thinking about toilets
    – bringing dogs to work
    – eat free food
    – roller hockey
    – sleep at work

    Google shows its ugly corporate side where people will email this link around and everyone who visits will generate a hit to Google site, maybe a % of them will search on Google and a fraction of this % will generate $$$ via Ads.

  3. Coward Blogger

    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 :-)