April Foolishness

Apparently, Google’s newly announced email service is not an April Fool’s joke. Glenn Reynolds speculated about it last night, saying it looked like April Fool’s to him. This morning, hundreds of media outlets had run the story, and the kindly nerds over at Slashdot were really suspicious. Josh Claybourn noted that Google Austrailia was keeping its mouth shut, so something must be up.

Google’s press release even sounded a tongue-in-cheekish. All in all, if indeed Gmail is for real, the hoaxishness of it all (if I may invent such an expression) was a pretty ingenious and fun marketing tool.