April Fool’s Web Fun 2011

From LinkedIn, folks you may just want to know:


From Bing, we get a playful seal:


Google gives us body-motion-driven-GMail:


Chrome gives us Chromercise, which are exercise routines for your fingers  (I’m not kidding .. but they are):


CompUSA was attacked by aliens:


Hulu did a Wayback Machine view of how the site may have looked in the early days of the web, complete with blue links and scrolling text (yuck) .. fortunately, the text takes you back to the modern version of the site:


Speaking of that, here’s my original web site from June 2001:


But: whither Facebook? What did I miss? I would have, at the least .. a funny hat:


Yahoo was plain, but recommended the Yahoo version of Internet Explorer 9:


MSN was plain too, but recommended the MSN version of Internet Explorer 9:


Microsoft (corporate) didn’t join the fray.

What are your favorites?

About Michael Coates
I am a pragmatic evangelist. The products, services and solutions I write about fulfill real-world expectations and use cases. I stay up-to-date on real products I use and review, and share my thoughts here. I apply the same lens when designing an architecture, product or when writing papers. I am always looking for ways that technology can create or enhance a business opportunity .. not just technology for technology's sake. My CV says: Seasoned technology executive, leveraging years of experience with enterprise and integration architectural patterns, executed with healthy doses of business acumen and pragmatism. That's me. My web site says: Technology innovations provide a myriad of opportunities for businesses. That said, having the "latest and greatest" for its own sake isn't always a recipe for success. Business successes gained through exploiting innovation relies on analysis of how the new features will enhance your business followed by effective implementation. Goals vary far and wide: streamlining operations, improving customer experience, extending brand, and many more. In all cases, you must identify and collect the metrics you can apply to measure your success. Analysis must be holistic and balanced: business and operational needs must be considered when capitalizing on a new technology asset or opportunity.

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