Tuesday, 2 April 2013

April Fools? Don't Be Fooled.

So, 2 days ago was April Fools. I must say this April Fools I have not been fooled by the people around me, however I have actually been fooled by many companies and the internet. Hahaha? Cut it out, it's not funny.

It was the evening of April 1st, and I was sitting on the couch thinking to myself "Google. How I can't stand Google". It's not that I dislike Google, I actually think that Google is one of the tools I couldn't live without, but their April Fools trick was just plain annoying. Google Nose. A futuristic piece of software/hardware thing that claims to be able to create smells from your computer. Sound like total rubbish right? But go their website (or watch the video embedded below), and even if its just for a second, you will believe that its true. It's that believable.

Besides making me feel totally gullible, this has actually made me realise that yes, it's April Fools, and yes it's Google, so I shouldn't take it to heart. But what if something like this was posted not on April Fools and not by some legit company, or even worse, by someone pretending to be a legit company. I guess this brings up the issue of how nowadays, anyone can do anything they want on the internet. I think, and actually I'm sure there are tons of information on the internet that just is not true but trying to trick people into handing over information they are not aware they are handing over. Think about it, when you go to a website, sometimes you will see something like this, right?

Image Attribution: http://goo.gl/EjWUz

Tell me you did not fall for it. But there are times where something fake actually looks like its real. Take Google Nose for example, it is made so that people would actually believe it. But in truth, it is a bunch of total nonsense.

Are you aware of this problem?

And by the way, this is not a joke, but TechLIFE 2.0 is coming up. So get ready and register interest now if you would like to attend! I will be writing another post with more information soon as well, so stay tuned.

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