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Google Renames Itself "Topeka"

CmdrTaco posted more than 4 years ago | from the not-as-much-zazz dept.

Google 84

techmuse was one of several readers to note Google's official response to recent news that a town in Kansas would rename itself Google. The search engine company has announced a name change of its own, although I'm not sure saying "Let me Topeka that" has quite the same ring to it.

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OMFG! (4, Funny)

somersault (912633) | more than 4 years ago | (#31699796)

No Google, plz don't do this!!111!1eleventeh ;__;

Re:OMFG! (5, Funny)

An ominous Cow art (320322) | more than 4 years ago | (#31701930)

Mod parent Offtopeka.

Re:OMFG! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#31703382)

Don't worry guys it's " April Fool "

This is why I love Google (1)

XPeter (1429763) | more than 4 years ago | (#31699800)

Because of the way they interact with the community that surrounds them.

You can't find me ONE other Fortune 500 company that does the same. Go ahead, try.

Microsoft (5, Funny)

Alaren (682568) | more than 4 years ago | (#31699830)

...you didn't think Windows Vista was a real OS did you?

I always assumed it was just their way of trolling Slashdot...

Re:Microsoft (1)

thijsh (910751) | more than 4 years ago | (#31700010)

Hey I'm working on Vista right now you insensitive clod.
But... if Vista is not real... am I real? Are my thoughts real? And what in the hell would a sensitive clod look like?

Re:Microsoft (2, Funny)

rajafarian (49150) | more than 4 years ago | (#31701226)

Are my thoughts real?

No, but you probably think they are.

Re:This is why I love Google (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#31699968)

Southwest airlines

Re:This is why I love Google (1)

cryoman23 (1646557) | more than 4 years ago | (#31700014)

ummm how about.. no.... ummmm... not that one either.... how bout... nvm... i see your point

Re:This is why I love Google (1)

FuckingNickName (1362625) | more than 4 years ago | (#31700876)

Dancing around like a monkey, signing "Need a new one?" [youtube.com] on a MacBook, gift matching [microsoft.com] charity donations and other over-$1M relief effort payments [microsoft.com] , a history of [youtube.com] amusing self-deprecating [youtube.com] videos by executives [youtube.com] ... oh yeah, and that little $33.5 billion Foundation [gatesfoundation.org] which is essentially Gates' MS money ploughed into a vaccination on every desktop.

Yup, corporations comprise humourless bastards - except Google!

Re:This is why I love Google (1, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#31700880)

Because of the way they interact with the community that surrounds them. You can't find me ONE other Fortune 500 company that does the same. Go ahead, try.

#267 Southwest Airlines

On my last flight they paged Norman Bates and asked him to call his mother. Years back I was on a flight and when they came by at landing to check seat belts they offered people coffee while we were descending. Someone finally said yes and the stewardess spilled confetti all over them. Most of the plane was watching. We all gasped and laughed.

I'm sure there are others. 500 is a pretty long list.

That's OK, I've changed my name too... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#31699802)

My new name is "Trout Fishing in America"

Missed opportunity (0, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#31699810)

Anyone else feel that the "chat" feature on slashroulette should have incorporated Eliza?

Re:Missed opportunity (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#31701650)

I feel that any chat on /., especially with videos is a (questionable) April Fool's Joke.

Topeka that! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#31699814)

APRIL FOOLS loel.

I Googled it (4, Funny)

oodaloop (1229816) | more than 4 years ago | (#31699820)

I Googled it on Yahoo. Apparently they don't want you to Topeka on Alta Vista.

Re:I Googled it (1)

tepples (727027) | more than 4 years ago | (#31699834)

I Googled it on Yahoo. Apparently they don't want you to Topeka on Alta Vista.

AltaVista is Yahoo.

Re:I Googled it (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#31700064)

I Googled it on Yahoo. Apparently they don't want you to Topeka on Alta Vista.

You know, if you try to google it on hotbot, some yahoo from topeka jumps up and yells Bing! in your facebook. I asked jeeves, but he just said cuil.

Re:I Googled it (2, Informative)

atisss (1661313) | more than 4 years ago | (#31700150)

No, You did a Topeka search on Yahoo

Re:I Googled it (1)

JustinKSU (517405) | more than 4 years ago | (#31700194)

Apparently a lot of people have never heard of the capital of my state and need to do a search to find out. Google Trends: What does Topeka mean? [google.com]

Re:I Googled it (1)

NU11B (1600097) | more than 4 years ago | (#31700252)

Yo, Justin, ima let you finish. But KU is one of the best schools of all time(pay no attention to our recent shaming). OF ALL TIME! PS. cant be ur state if its mine!

Re:I Googled it (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#31700720)

And it can't be either one of you fagtards trying to get attention if it's mine. Does this post make AC a fagtard?

Re:I Googled it (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#31700978)

AC is a fagtard. AC is also very critical. AC is, however, very intelligent and has much to say. AC is not a fagtard.

What a great idea (1)

su8lime (1357275) | more than 4 years ago | (#31699822)

only Google could come up with such a great idea

BING-o (2, Funny)

mcgrew (92797) | more than 4 years ago | (#31700572)

Bing's [bing.com] April Fools page is... oh, that's their normal search page?

Never mind.

There is nothing (1)

fermion (181285) | more than 4 years ago | (#31699826)

some people won't do for free money.

Re:There is nothing (1)

tenaciousj (769989) | more than 4 years ago | (#31699946)

Ah yes, and those are my favorite kind of girls

I still love my Topeka phone (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#31699832)

... just not all the ads on every website.

Proper Way To Use Topeka As A Verb (2, Funny)

WrongSizeGlass (838941) | more than 4 years ago | (#31699842)

From Google's 'Topeka' page:
* (good) Before our blind date I did a Topeka search on him.
* (acceptable) Before our blind date I Topeka'd him.
* (improper) Before our blind date I topeka'ed him.
* (just plain wrong) Before our blind date I topeka'ed him with Alta Vista.

In other news (5, Funny)

Dachannien (617929) | more than 4 years ago | (#31699844)

In other news, after hearing that the name "Google" is now unused, Steve Ballmer announced that Microsoft would be changing his name to Google.

"We think this is a really good way to grow our brand," Ballmer said. "People just weren't latching on to the Bing name, but now that it's Google Bing, people will be sure to show up."

Re:In other news (1)

FredFredrickson (1177871) | more than 4 years ago | (#31699930)

LOL, so true. If microsoft took the name it'd be Google.net Bing by Microsoft.

Re:In other news (2, Insightful)

dunezone (899268) | more than 4 years ago | (#31700022)

GoogleJeevesBing

Re:In other news (1)

L4t3r4lu5 (1216702) | more than 4 years ago | (#31700072)

BinGooJeeVistagleves

Re:In other news (1)

popeyethesailor (325796) | more than 4 years ago | (#31700828)

More like MicroGoogle(TM) Content Search Services 8th series 5th Edition...

Re:In other news (1)

spxero (782496) | more than 4 years ago | (#31701862)

MicroGoogle(TM) Content Search Services 8th series 5th Edition SP1

Re:In other news (1)

TClevenger (252206) | more than 4 years ago | (#31702168)

MicroGoogle(TM) Content Search Services Home Premium 8th series 5th Edition R2 with SP1

Re:In other news (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#31700380)

In other news, after hearing that the name "Google" is now unused, Steve Ballmer announced that Steve Ballmer would be changing his name to Google.

"We think this is a really good way to grow our brand," Google said. "People just weren't latching on to the Ballmer name, but now that it's Steve Google, people will be sure to show up."

Hmm.. they should have gone all the way with this. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#31699862)

They should have changed Gmail to Tmail and changed all other Google references on the page 4 mad lulz.

Re:Hmm.. they should have gone all the way with th (1)

JonahsDad (1332091) | more than 4 years ago | (#31699926)

Also would be better if Topeka'ing "Topeka" and pressing the "I Feel Lucky" button brought you to the main Topeka page.

Top or T (1)

whitedsepdivine (1491991) | more than 4 years ago | (#31699884)

Is Gmail going to be Tmail? if so will my email address change to @Tmail.com?

Re Topeka (1)

freddieb (537771) | more than 4 years ago | (#31699904)

This should tell you something about Google's innovation. As one of the most successful companies in the world they still have a sense of humor and are not afraid to show it ie put down the corporate guard. If I were anyone competing with Google, I would watch your back! They have no fear!

topeka.com (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#31699934)

topeka.com does not work though... they should get that fixed if they are a billion dollar company.

um? u do know what today is right? (1)

mcfatboy93 (1363705) | more than 4 years ago | (#31699936)

Its April Fools day dumb ass. /. is just doing what it usually does every year. im just glad that didn't turn the page pink... again

Re:um? Slashdot could do better (1)

kubitus (927806) | more than 4 years ago | (#31699952)

e.g. M$ opens source code of Windows 7

Re:um? u do know what today is right? (1)

Opportunist (166417) | more than 4 years ago | (#31700138)

Oh c'mon, don't be a party pooper. Of course it's AF day and of course the messages today will be nonsensical... at least most of them. Ignore the obviously impossible news and play the game I'm playing:

It's actually funny to guess whether the ludicrous, impossible and completely out-of-this-world news concerning copyright/patent litigation and domestic spying are true or AF.

Sometimes, though, it's also pretty scary when you find out something was an AF story and it sounded far too possible...

Re:um? u do know what today is right? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#31700772)

Thank you Captain Obvious.

Re:um? u do know what today is right? (1)

mcgrew (92797) | more than 4 years ago | (#31700844)

WOOSH!

Gotta love it (1)

xgr3gx (1068984) | more than 4 years ago | (#31699938)

I love all the IT/Geek April fools joke. Go Google. I mean Topeka. Does that mean the stock ticker is now tpk?

Crap! (3, Funny)

kungfugleek (1314949) | more than 4 years ago | (#31699970)

I keep forgetting to ignore Slashdot today.

Re:Crap! (1)

sorak (246725) | more than 4 years ago | (#31700176)

I keep forgetting to ignore Slashdot today.

I keep trying to ignore it most days.

Re:Crap! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#31700226)

And considering only your post history, here you are almost every day anyway. Must such having no life, eh?

Re:Crap! (1)

sorak (246725) | more than 4 years ago | (#31703006)

And considering only your post history, here you are almost every day anyway. Must such having no life, eh?

No, after a while you get used to it.

Re:Crap! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#31700710)

Yeah, I know! I keep forgetting I traded my sense of humor and any ability to smile non-ironically for my bitchin' internet connection and l33t computing rig.

Totally worth it, though. Now I can be snide and miserable at people who have a sense of humor and the ability to smile non-ironically! I'd cheer for myself if I had any capacity to express happiness!

april fools (1)

alexdt100 (1500241) | more than 4 years ago | (#31699980)

I knew Google would do something for April fools :D

Re:april fools (1)

cmiller173 (641510) | more than 4 years ago | (#31700160)

But the project virgle is true right? http://www.google.com/virgle/ [google.com]

Re:april fools (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#31701136)

I think that was the real april fools, the Topika thing was just a sly intro.

I thought the point of April Fools... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#31699992)

I thought the point of April Fools Day was to try to 'fool' the other person...

Humor? (1)

houghi (78078) | more than 4 years ago | (#31700020)

Today is the day Slashdot is unreadable. The reason most news media only post one false item is because it is hard work to make a good fake AND funny story. These are the level of a drunk bar discussion where one person asks the other 'Wouldn't it be funny if ...'. The next day when you are sober the answer is clearly no.

If something is untrue it is not funny, it is called a lie. That is what idle is for.

Why not make up a good story, spread it over several blogs and if possible even put a fake interview a person related to the story online and see if the media pick up on it. But that would require work, so it won't happen. Oh well, I can at least do some work today instead of read /.

Re:Humor? (1)

AaxelB (1034884) | more than 4 years ago | (#31700180)

The editors didn't make this up (nor the YouTube text mode thing). This is an actual prank by Google. If you're arguing that it's not funny and shouldn't be reported, sure, that's a fine complaint to make, but this isn't the Slashdot editors thinking, "You know, it'd be funny if Google changed its name to Topeka..."

On a different note:

If something is untrue it is not funny, it is called a lie.

Wow. If it's not true it's not funny? I think you should read this [wikipedia.org] , it may help clear some things up for you.

Re:Humor? (1)

VGPowerlord (621254) | more than 4 years ago | (#31700338)

If something is untrue it is not funny, it is called a lie.

Either that or its called "fiction." Or a joke. Or cake*.

* Ha, this joke works again because Portal 2 is due out later this year!

Re:Humor? (1)

stoshu (702308) | more than 4 years ago | (#31700368)

... But that would require work, so it won't happen...

I bet it will happen! Please refer to America's Finest News Source [theonion.com]

Re:Humor? (1)

russotto (537200) | more than 4 years ago | (#31701380)

On that note, did you know that the Onion's April Fools joke is that all their stories are absolutely real today? No foolin!

Just don't ever... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#31700106)

topeka topeka. The internet will break.

Googol (1)

Culture20 (968837) | more than 4 years ago | (#31700110)

Peri Fleisher made them do it after six grueling years of legal battles. They are saving face and saying "We wanted to change our name"

Obvious April Fool's Joke is Obvious (1)

Ltap (1572175) | more than 4 years ago | (#31700122)

Come on, /., be at least a little bit more subtle. A good joke actually has people fall for it.

Re:Obvious April Fool's Joke is Obvious (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#31700158)

I don't think you understand how April Fools' Day works on Slashdot. Slashdot has something like one joke themselves, then just reports the "news". Blame Topeka for this stupid joke.

Re:Obvious April Fool's Joke is Obvious (1)

PRMan (959735) | more than 4 years ago | (#31700674)

Have you gone to www.google.com today?

Anonymous Coward (1, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#31700140)

At the very least, if topeka.com is a registered domain, we've brought it to a screeching halt. My money says they didn't see this coming . . . sort of like LL Cool J dissing Sarah Palin . . . .

This is a lie! (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#31700164)

I work for Google, and I've already received four phone calls about this slander before 7:30am. I know several groups have scheduled meetings to address how to handle this. Hopefully this won't be repeated on TV, a newspaper, or a real news site. If that happens the morons running this site are going to be in a world of shit.

Re:This is a lie! (1)

VGPowerlord (621254) | more than 4 years ago | (#31700352)

I work for Google, and I've already received four phone calls about this slander before 7:30am. I know several groups have scheduled meetings to address how to handle this. Hopefully this won't be repeated on TV, a newspaper, or a real news site. If that happens the morons running this site are going to be in a world of shit.

If this is Slander, why is there a big Topeka logo [google.com] on google.com [google.com] where the Google logo used to be? :)

Re:This is a lie! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#31700752)

I think we're a bit out of the loop here in Kirkland, WA. A few people were pissed off about this when I got to work. We're slowly learning that it's a joke.

Re:This is a lie! (1)

mcgrew (92797) | more than 4 years ago | (#31700920)

It was on the local news this morning.

You decide the City's next name! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#31700656)

August 27 1998 - Nintendo launches the Pokemon franchise Stateside with a 10-day nationwide tour; they even get Topeka, Kansas, USA, to rename itself to Topikachu for a day. Pokemon dolls are even dropped from a helicoptor to lucky fans below. Before its debut, Pocket Monsters was renamed Pokemon outside of Japan because another company had trademarked the name "Monster In My Pocket," making it impossible to use "Pocket Monsters". Since many Japanese players had already shortened the name to "Pokemon", Nintendo chose the name "Pokemon".

Needless to say, the fact that a city is reknown to do this kind of thing, it'll most likely happen again.

What'll be the next name? I predict: "CowboyNeilopia" !

Gotta love the caveat tacked on at the end (1)

shopster.com (1780912) | more than 4 years ago | (#31700854)

Ahhh Topeka! How I love thee, especially when your CEO adds in a caveat stating that just b/c Google has changed their name for the day, it doesn't mean that city formally known as Topeka will have a leg up on the competition to take part in the Fiber for Communities project. Great CMA move.

Over IPv6 I still saw "Google" (1)

Bombcar (16057) | more than 4 years ago | (#31700866)

Heh. IPv6 is immune to the fools?

Anyone else noticed.... (1)

comm2k (961394) | more than 4 years ago | (#31701016)

The time units displayed when searching for something on Google. Planck times, nanocenturies, warp 9.62 etc. :)

Name change makes perfect sense (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#31701134)

The name change from Google to Topeka makes perfect sense, as Google is simply a contraction of "Go Ogle" and "Topeka" is a contraction and slight rearranging of "To Peak".

This naming theme must have something to do with the most common [mis]use of the Internet.

I'd stay away from Topeka if I were you... (1)

Eric Smith (4379) | more than 4 years ago | (#31701774)

unless you don't mind having a "heart attack" or "farming accident".

A "town in kansas" -- you mean the state capital? (1)

razathorn (151590) | more than 4 years ago | (#31702056)

While our state capital isn't the baddest of the bunch, it certainly is more than 'a town in kansas'. Article summary makes it sound like some random tiny 200 person town with one gas station and more banjos than computers, a dur.

Canada is out of the loop... :-( (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#31702524)

Alas, for those of us living in the Great White North, google.com automatically url-redirects to google.ca, who apparently are not in on the joke. (Assuming that google.com main page actually says Topeka).

Dammit, why aren't we included in the joke? We Canadians have good senses of humour too! C'mon, we sent you guys Jim Carrey and everything! And... oh. OH. That's what this is really about, isn't it... you guys are still sore about Celine Dion. Yeah, OK, we're sorry about that... ;-)

The irony is ... (1)

GrantRobertson (973370) | more than 4 years ago | (#31703016)

We stopped calling Topeka "Google" yesterday.

No, we never actually changed the name of the city. The mayor just signed a proclamation [cjonline.com] that we would "call" ourselves "Google" for the month of March.

Yep, I currently live in Topeka, KS, the capital city that seems to be the most famous for silly and embarrassing things. I am not one of those who believe all our problems will be solved by a Google branded fiber optic internet service, but I do still applaud what I believe Google is trying to do. In fact, I wrote a paper [ideationizing.com] about it for English class. In it I explain the impact of the "Digital Divide" on poverty and argue that the major potential effect of Google's service would be to spur competition, which would then make broadband affordable to more poor people, thereby helping them rise out of poverty.

April fools day (1)

gsmraxe (442187) | more than 4 years ago | (#31703052)

April 1 I always look forward to /. and other sites that post funny stories for the day. Even funnier are the idiots that take it seriously.

Thanks for making my day!

To heck with the haters (1, Interesting)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#31703750)

This is the first April Fool's joke to make me laugh so hard in years. Bravo, Google, bravo!

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