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Another April Fools’ Day has been and gone, which is a huge relief for anyone who works online. Determining the real news from the fake news Apple Doubles Prices, Microsoft Hates You, Google (GL)Ass, TwitFace [Tech News Digest] Apple Doubles Prices, Microsoft Hates You, Google (GL)Ass, TwitFace [Tech News Digest] Apple doubles its prices, Microsoft admits it hates you all, Google reveals (GL)Ass, Facebook and Twitter merge into TwitFace, annoying couple launch vague Kickstarter, MakeUseOf broadens its appeal, and the best 'And Finally' ever. Read More can be tough, especially with so many companies and websites entering into the spirit of the occasion.

It’s time, with your help, to sort the wheat from the chaff.

Foolish Foolhardy Fools

We want to know, What Is The Best Online April Fools’ Day Prank Ever? Please do limit your comments to online April Fools’ Day pranks because, as interesting as your real-world April Fools’ Day pranks 7 April Fool's Day Pranks To Play On Your Friends' PC 7 April Fool's Day Pranks To Play On Your Friends' PC It's this time of year again when you can make your coevals regret they're friends with a geek. Or remind them they know a problem solver. Either way, time to have mad fun! Read More may be, they’re not quite what we’re looking for.

What we are interested in hearing about are the online pranks played over the years that you have truly appreciated. To help jog your memory we have lists of the best April Fools’ Day jokes from 2011, from 2012, from 2013, and from 2014, all compiled by TechCrunch. We also put together our own list of April Fools’ Day jokes you may have missed 8 April Fools' Day Pranks You May Have Missed 8 April Fools' Day Pranks You May Have Missed April Fools' Day is, depending on your individual point of view, either a pathetic waste of everyone's time and energy that you try to avoid as much as possible or 24 hours of fun that... Read More last April.

Around this time last year we asked whether you love or hate April Fools’ Day Do You Love or Hate April Fools’ Day Online? [You Told Us] Do You Love or Hate April Fools’ Day Online? [You Told Us] With April 2013 rapidly passing by it already feels like April Fools' Day was an age ago. Perhaps this is because the pranks pulled by tech companies were so lame that none are memorable enough... Read More , and it turns out around 60 percent of you love it Do You Love or Hate April Fools’ Day Online? [You Told Us] Do You Love or Hate April Fools’ Day Online? [You Told Us] With April 2013 rapidly passing by it already feels like April Fools' Day was an age ago. Perhaps this is because the pranks pulled by tech companies were so lame that none are memorable enough... Read More . With this in mind we suspect many of you reading this spend each April 1 scouring the Web for the best pranks. And now we want you to help us compile a list of the best pranks ever played on the innocent and unsuspecting Internet population.

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Your chosen April Fools’ Day prank could have been played by a big corporation such as Google, a local company close to your heart, one of your favorite websites, or an individual on a social network. As long as it’s a) funny and b) happened online then we want to hear all about it.

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We Ask You is a column dedicated to learning the opinions of MakeUseOf readers. This column is nothing without you, as MakeUseOf is nothing without you.

  1. Bill Fleet
    April 4, 2014 at 7:19 pm

    The best one I remember, a number of years back, was a notice for an Easy-Bake oven that fit in a 5 1/4" drive bay. ThinkGeek has a notice for something similar at http://www.thinkgeek.com/stuff/41/ezbake.shtml, but the one that almost fooled us had a better illustration that was more to the right scale.

    News of the thing spread across our floor in minutes, and several co-workers had their credit cards out to order one before we figured out it was a spoof. It was a good laugh for my team, as it wasn't nasty or destructive, but was just on the outside edge of plausibility, and fueled by (I guess) happy memories of Easy-Bake play from our childhoods.

    Come to think of it, though, it wouldn't be too hard to put a drive-bay drawer between two hard drives and use it to warm up pop-tarts.

  2. Von Adam Martinez
    April 3, 2014 at 9:32 pm

    Britain banned Selfie...yeah according to Metro Newspaper. Many girls would shout for disappointment for this. :D Link: http://metro.co.uk/2014/04/01/appetite-for-selfie-destruction-british-government-plans-to-ban-selfies-4684043/

  3. TheMinecraftAndiFunnyFreak
    April 3, 2014 at 2:19 pm

    Best April Fools Prank? I'd have to go with either that of Minecraft (insane, it must have taken months of work!) or that of iFunny (scared the living crap out of my buttock). That is all.

  4. Rob H
    April 3, 2014 at 11:26 am

    Well I know the title is "...best online..." but best ever was surely the real world when a guy spent 3 years preparing for April 1st when he lit a fire of used tyres in an extinct Alaskan volcano causing the local residents to think an eruption had started.

    The best are the ones that are truly believable and get through your April 1st prank "alertness" and sit nagging in the back of your mind until you realise there's something wrong.

    Worst are those in monthly magazines. Many mags come with a cover date up to 6 weeks ahead of publication date so I've been reading a story in a computer mag in Feb, found it "suspicious" then realised the publication date was April and this was their prank. No, sorry guys that not how April fools day works, the clue lies in the phrase: "April 1st prank" .

  5. Tom W
    April 3, 2014 at 9:57 am

    Although I'm certain that there are many japes from years past that I have enjoyed, my abysmal memory is, once again, failing me. So instead, I'll just list the two that really stood out to me this year.

    First off, the Titanfall Prime DLC. I loved this not just because the trailer was so well-done, but because it is something that I would actually part with my money for. I think that a product people actually want is one of the things that makes a really great April Fool's.
    http://uk.ign.com/videos/2014/04/01/titanfall-optimus-prime-dlc-trailer

    The second is the Phil Fish tweet, announcing his return to game development and the promise of Fez II. This also fulfils the requirement of "things I really want to buy", but it is even better because of the nature of Phil Fish. He could be trolling us by announcing his return as an April Fool's joke, or he could be trolling us by announcing his return on the one day that no-one would believe him. As unlikely as it is, I'm still 50-50 as to whether this is a joke or not.
    https://twitter.com/PHIL_FISH/status/450999474731880448

  6. Matthew U
    April 3, 2014 at 7:22 am

    The video in this article is for last years april fools day.

    • Dave P
      April 3, 2014 at 7:30 am

      Yes, it is. So what is your favorite April Fools from the last few years?

  7. Jeremy G
    April 3, 2014 at 2:43 am

    For me it's a toss up between
    Youtube - who opened up meme creation to the public, along with the promise of 'clocking', 'kissing dads' and the 'Glub Glub Water Dance' as trends for the new year.
    &
    Sex.com - who, 'in accordance with [their] new partnership with the world's largest pin site' would be banning porn' in order to make Sex.com Safe For Work.

    I reckon I would choose the latter, because as I thought of all the other sources of NSFW images, I consciously knew there there was no way that I would donate to keep them in porn. Maybe I am too gullible, but I only realised it was an april fools joke a couple of hours after the fact.

    I found Tumblr's 'Tumblr Pro' option just plain boring, though the introductory video was nice, and didn't even recognise Gmail's 'Shelfies' as anything other than a service I didn't want.

    My honourable mention goes to Abney Park, who announced two of their members would be splitting off to form the new band 'Space Propeller'. I, of course' tried to sign up to support them - luckily impossible - and only twigged to the fact when viewing the their video. To be fair, it was April 2nd in Australia by then.

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