Media A-Twitter With April Fool’s Pranks

Some entertainment in cyberspace this morning.  Seems media outlets are going “all-Twitter”!  Here are a few I rounded up:

In London, the Guardian newspaper announced: Consolidating its position at the cutting edge of new media technology, the Guardian today announces that it will become the first newspaper in the world to be published exclusively via Twitter, the sensationally popular social networking service that has transformed online communication.

The Mountain Xpress, Asheville, N.C.’s, alternative newsweekly, took a remarkable step on Wednesday, ending its 14-year run as a print publication (today’s issue is our last), suspending its regular online news reports and converting its entire news operation to Twitter dispatches from staff and trusted community journalists.

Google, the leader of the prankster pack, debuted a new feature to its popular Gmail e-mail service this morning — Gmail Autopilot.

The new service would respond to e-mails and Gmail chat conversations for users, taking all the work out of maintaining e-mail. There’s even calibration where users can decide the amount of capitalization, typos and emoticons their automatic responses would contain.

Opera embraces facial gestures: Forget pinching, flicking and two-finger scrolling it’s all about winking, frowning and puckering when using the Opera web browser on computers with enabled webcams.

Check out this video to see it in action.

Opera embraces facial gestures: Forget pinching, flicking and two-finger scrolling it’s all about winking, frowning and puckering when using the Opera web browser on computers with enabled webcams. Check out this video to see it in action.

YouTube goes head-over-heels: We always knew Google was thinking ahead, but now they’re thinking in even more directions.

According to Google’s research “modern computer monitors give a higher quality picture when flipped upside down-kind of like how it’s best to rotate your mattress every six months. You might find that YouTube videos look better this way.” You can also check out this page for handy tips to get the most out of your new viewing experience. Google also has a link in every video page to revert back to the original YouTube look if this concept is just too advanced for you.

Reddit re-created itself to look like rival Digg (which has not pulled a April Fools makeover). And Fark’s New Fark Experience previews today in the mode of Facebook.

Smellr , “It’s like Flickr, but for your nose,” was introduced today. A TechCrunch prank, the site features cologne ads with various Web luminaries. TechCrunch also has a comprehensive roundup of the Web celebrating April Fools’ Day.

Finally if you need to get away, Expedia is offering ” Flights to Mars from only $99 .” Or you may want to drive off in the brand-new ” Android Car ,” a joint venture between Ford, GM and Google, expected to hit the sales-floor …. not anytime soon.

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