MOUNTAIN VIEW, CA – A powerhouse search engine is having a little fun in the spirit of April Fool’s Day!
If you haven’t done so already, you might want to stop by Google’s, mum, Topeka’s search page. The popular phrase “Google it” will be replaced by “Topeka it” for all of today. The change of name is not random, but rather a shout out to Topeka, Kansas.
The mayor of Topeka announced early last month that his city was changing its name to Google. Mayor Bill Bunten said, “Don’t be fooled. Even Google recognizes that all roads lead to Kansas, not just yellow brick ones.” The name change was unofficial, and lasted for the entire month of March. The initiative was in hopes to land a spot on Google’s “Fiber for Communities” program. The program, launched by Google this year, promises to install new broadband cables in random communities around the United States.
“We’ve been wondering ever since how best to honor that moving gesture,” a spokesperson wrote on the company’s official blog. “Today we are pleased to announce that as of 1AM (Central Daylight Time) April 1st, Google has officially changed our name to Topeka.”
In addition to the Web site name change, Google, or rather Topeka, has announced other wide-sweeping changes to the company. Employees will be referred to as “Topekans” instead of “Googlers” and there’s been a push to use “Topeka’ed” as a verb in Web searches. The change is by no means permanent, but rather a one-shot deal. All things should return to normal tomorrow.