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PostSubject: Google changes its name to Topeka   Thu Apr 01, 2010 8:24 am

A different kind of company name
4/01/2010 12:01:00 AM
Early last month the mayor of Topeka, Kansas stunned the world by announcing that his city was changing its name to Google. We’ve been wondering ever since how best to honor that moving gesture. Today we are pleased to announce that as of 1AM (Central Daylight Time) April 1st, Google has officially changed our name to Topeka.


We didn’t reach this decision lightly; after all, we had a fair amount of brand equity tied up in our old name. But the more we surfed around (the former) Topeka’s municipal website, the more kinship we felt with this fine city at the edge of the Great Plains.

In fact, Topeka Google Mayor Bill Bunten expressed it best: “Don’t be fooled. Even Google recognizes that all roads lead to Kansas, not just yellow brick ones.”

For 150 years, its fortuitous location at the confluence of the Kansas River and the Oregon Trail has made the city formerly known as Topeka a key jumping-off point to the new world of the West, just as for 150 months the company formerly known as Google has been a key jumping-off point to the new world of the web. When in 1858 a crucial bridge built across the Kansas River was destroyed by flooding mere months later, it was promptly rebuilt — and we too are accustomed to releasing 2.0 versions of software after stormy feedback on our ‘beta’ releases. And just as the town's nickname is "Top City," and the word “topeka” itself derives from a term used by the Kansa and Ioway tribes to refer to “a good place to dig for potatoes,” we’d like to think that our website is one of the web's top places to dig for information.

Read more on the Google home page.

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PostSubject: Re: Google changes its name to Topeka   Thu Apr 01, 2010 4:07 pm

Good One!

OK, living in Google's backyard, I just had to look it up. So, for you doubters, The screen grab at the top of the following link about another AF prank, shows the Google.com home page on Thursday, part of an April Fools' Day prank by Google, which for one day has changed its name to "Topeka." (according to AP)

Additional prank was the gmail missing vowels - see link

http://beta.thehindu.com/multimedia/dynamic/00096/VBK-GOOGLE_96215f.jpg



I liked the one I heard this morning about how the spaghetti crops in Switzerland are in jeopardy because of recent climate changes... Very Happy
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