While a lot of people are fooling around sending jokes and laughing with each others’ pranks in today’s April Fools Day celebration, this news about the city of Topeka in Kansas changing its name to Google is not part of the Google April Fools Day.
On its official blog Google explains why it decided to change its name to Topeka.
Topeka is the capital city of the state of Kansas. Earlier this month, the mayor of Topeka, Bill Bunten, announced that he had renamed the city to Google. This was a big surprise even for Google. Bunten says the name change is unofficial, but they are having fun with it, reports CNN. Bunten hopes this way Topeka will raise its profile in the competition for Google’s Fiber for Communities Program, which will bring an ultra-high-speed fiber optic network to selected American communities.
“Google employees once known as ‘Googlers’ should now be referred to as either ‘Topeker’ or ‘Topekans,’ depending on the result of a board meeting that’s ongoing at this hour,” Schmidt writes. “Whatever the outcome, the conclusion is clear: we aren’t in Google anymore.”