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Google, YouTube Mark April Fools With Fake Viral Videos


"...whatever it takes to get results..."

I have a feeling this is only the first of possibly many April Fools posts today.

YouTube and Google have opened today's prank-festivities by introducing a few viral videos that are sure trip up some.

First, YouTube is doing some time traveling by going back to 1911 and imagining what viral videos might have existed back in the day. Mashable explains:

The video platform is going all out; not only has it released a promotional video depicting the “top five viral pictures of 1911,” but it has also updated the logo and inserted a classic 1911 button on every video. Clicking it will transform any YouTube clip into an old-school motion picture, complete with a grainy yellowish skin and an accompanying early 20th century piano soundtrack to match.

You can watch that video below (although you'll have to view it on the YouTube site to see the button):

[youtube http://www.youtube.com/v/CNm8ZCJ7Fx8?fs=1&hl=en_US expand=1]

Google has what are probably the best videos (thus far) of the day. Actually, the company introduced them a couple days ago for maximum believability. The first is the new Gmail capability that allows you to type e-mails with just body movement:

[youtube http://www.youtube.com/v/Bu927_ul_X0&hl=en_US&feature=player_embedded&version=3 expand=1]

And then there's the human autocompleter -- he types 34,000 words per minute:

The Google experts even have their own videos:

[youtube http://www.youtube.com/v/_rJRhR_VMYQ?fs=1&hl=en_US expand=1]

[youtube http://www.youtube.com/v/ehWobby0MDw?fs=1&hl=en_US expand=1]

See some more videos at Mashable.

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