Sunday, March 31, 2013

Google Fools on April One

This time it is Treasure Hunt and 2D Maps!  



Try new Google Maps in 2D!

  • Explore 2D hand drawn landmarks
  • Find hidden treasure chests
  • Beaware of pirates!

Beta Maps technology and has certain system requirements. Your system may not be able to display at higher resolutions than paper print. Take care when unfolding the map to avoid ripping it.


  • Google's team discovered a paper map that has been verified as Captain Kidd's treasure map. However, we haven't deciphered all the clues yet and its up to you to access his map and uncover the secrets. If we all work together, we can solve the mystery and find the long lost treasure.
  • Archaeological analysis has confirmed that our Google Maps Street View team has indeed found one of history’s long lost relics: a treasure map belonging to the infamous pirate, William “Captain” Kidd.
  • The map was found on a recent expedition in the Indian Ocean, as part of a deep-water dive to expand our underwater Street View collection. Captain Kidd was rumoured to have buried his treasure around the world, and tales of a long-lost treasure map have lingered for generations. 

The foot (read fool) Note:
Due to our nascent nano-scanner technology we weren't able to scan to the closet zoom levels. If you come across a blank map, zoom out to get back to the treasure map.


Google's history of April 1 jokes can be traced back to the year 2000 when Google announced the launch of MentalPlex, when Google asked its users to focus on a swirling spiral and project a mental image of what they wanted to search for and the results page displayed humorous error messages.  MentalPlex was followed by PigeonRank, where Google claimed that it used pigeons for its PageRank system.  



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