Which Popular Service Was Initially Considered An April Fools’ Joke?
Looking back from the present, where Gmail is world’s most popular email service, it seems almost implausible that upon its launch it was scoffed at as a bit of foolery.
Implausible that is, until you realize Google launched the service as a beta product on April 1, 2004. For a brief moment, the entire world was incredulous at the idea of the search giant getting into the email business and wrote the entire thing off as a tech-centric April Fools’ Day prank.
Everyone sobered up quickly, however, and getting into the exclusive invite-only service was the only thing geeks the world over cared about for some months after the announcement.