Happy Fool’s Day

By | April 2, 2009

Like every year this year too Fool’s Day was celebrated with a lot of enthusiasm. The only difference this year was that this time my primary targets were my twitter friends. But, as you know twitter has a reputation of having the most smart people on it, most of my tricks failed badly. :(

Nevertheless, I still had a good time cooking up these pranks. Here are the ones that I tried playing on with.

ABVS against Fool's Day

1. Akhil Bharatiya Vanar Sena (ABVS) protesting against Fool’s Day celebrations, calling it against Indian Culture.

This was the first story which I cooked up. I created a fake news paper clip using a fake clip generator site. As that pic was too easy to identify as fake, I took a pic from my mobile phone camera to make it look authentic and posted up on twitpic.

Some guys took a notice of this and retweeted it. Some people made fun of the guys protesting against such event and laughed at it. Though, no one caught it as fake, but it did not create much buzz either.

2. “Twitter now recognizes your password“.
I then tried reusing an old trick by tweeting that if you happen to type your password in a tweet it converts them to dots and doesn’t display it.

Twitter recognizes your password

This one also caught some attention but I think it was too risky for any one to take a chance and give away the password trying it. Some of the smart tweeps also caught me on this one. In all, it failed without much life.

3. Next up was my idea for the twitter’s new Background and Theme copy commands. I tweeted that now it was now possible to copy someone’s theme/background by just sending a tweet in the format “COPYBG <username> or COPYTH <username>”. But this one also fell flat.

I was very disappointed when this one didn’t work. I thought that this would sound genuine and some tweeps might give it a try, but sadly enough, it wasn’t even noticed.

When this failed, I moved back and decided that this would be end to all the pranks for this year.But the way I am, couldnt take defeat so easily :). I gave my final shot with the big story

4. Ajmal Kasab found dead in Arthur Road prison“. I posted this as a RT from @ibnlive to make it sound authentic, and as expected, I soon got some quick responses, some rubbishing the news  and some with a fair amount of belief on it. To make this more effective, I added a fake snapshot of Kasab’s article from ibn’s site too.

Ajamal Kasab found dead in Arthur Road prison

This snapshot really got the heads turning :) . I had left a fair amount to scope for people to identify it as a fake (see Arthur Road spelling). Some smart people did identify this as a prank and spread the news. This probably was the most successful of the lot and got almost 200 hits in 15 mins.

So this was all I had in my box for this year. Taking a cue from this year’s performance, I’ve already started planning for next year. What am I planning? something bigger and smarter.. Beware.. I’m gonna get you.. :)


5 Comments

geeneeyes on April 2, 2009 at 4:31 pm.

LOL!! Of all the pranks, people fell for the last :P

Devakishor on April 2, 2009 at 4:38 pm.

Damn!! I didn’t know the first one was a April Fools day trick :( I was thinking no one fooled me this time…alas!!
.. lolz

Missed the rest of your pranks, but the fourth one is also good, I would have believed it…

Quakeboy on April 2, 2009 at 4:54 pm.

“Twitter now recognizes your password” might have failed.. but it is really cool.. how did ya even think of it ?

danish on April 2, 2009 at 5:06 pm.

@Quakeboy

As i said, its an old one.. it wasn’t my original idea, i modified it a bit to use here.. : )

@Devakishore

Haha! got you… even i didnt know that someone actually believed it.

@geeneeyes

yeah!.. isnt that surprising..!

reeta on June 20, 2009 at 1:40 am.

haha nice ones.. ouch that they failed!

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