Geek Trivia

Which Popular Service Was Initially Considered An April Fools’ Joke?

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Answer: GMail

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.