April Fools 2014: Google Announces Gmail Shelfie

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Yes, you are right it is March 31st, and not April 1st. But it looks like Google has started their April Fools jokes early this year. We’ve already seen the Pokemon on Google Maps, and the video of Nest CEO Tony Fadell. Now we’re seeing one from the Gmail team. Which they are calling Gmail Shelfie. What it is, is a way to share selfies through Gmail (Share + Selfie = Shelfie, same as Friends + Family = Framily on Sprint). As most of you know, Selfie is the new hot thing right now. Heck Samsung even paid Ellen to take a selfie with a ton of people. It’s even in the Oxford Dictionary as an official word and the front-facing camera on the HTC One M8 is called the Selfie cam.

Google is celebrating Gmail’s 10th birthday with Gmail Shelfies today. When themes launched back in 2012, Google urged us to find the best picture for a theme, and well they say that many of us used pictures of ourselves, there’s even a graph on their blog post to prove it. Google says that Gmail Shelfie is built on the idea that you shouldn’t be selfish with your selfie, and that you should share it. Which is why they are rolling out Gmail Shelfies today. They say the feature should be rolling out in the next few hours. We’re not sure if that’s for real or just another April Fools joke.

Typically Google goes all out for April Fools day. In fact, last year I remember quite a few April Fools jokes from Google. but as far as their April Fools pranks go, this one is kind of lame, compared to others that they’ve done in the past. I think the Google Maps one is a much better prank than the Gmail Shelfie. But be sure to let us know what you think in the comments down below about this prank.

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