I don’t know about you, but on April 1st I instantly get nervous. I have a sense of humor, I love laughing, and I don’t fall for jokes that easily; but the possibility of being Punk’d anytime during a 24-hour period gives me a little anxiety.
Last year, HARO had a “reporter” by the name of “April Phules” post several queries; some funny, some outrageous, some directed to PR folks. In response to Ms. Phules’ request for information for a last-minute story on “Why PR People Don’t Listen,” HARO was flooded with emails from PR people – some angry, some curious – all apparently fooled! But I hope we proved that we do listen!
This year, Google conveniently released Gmail Motion on today of all days. On a realistic-looking beta site, it’s touted as the newest, most convenient way to check email, powered by simple body motions and the webcam on your computer. Check out the video.
The best April Fools jokes might be with office colleagues. But workplace humor is a tricky thing; what some find funny, others may not. When playing pranks in the workplace I recommend keeping the hoax within the office; it’s safe and has the ability to be equally funny as something that would be exposed to many.
I’ve seen many well-played pranks that have made me laugh out loud. Has a co-worker every played an April Fools prank on you? Tell us all about your successful – or unsuccessful – April Fools jokes.