RSS Kills April Fool’s Day

I hate April Fool’s day. It is to humor what New Year’s Eve is to drinking – the day a lot of people who aren’t very good at it feel empowered to give it a spin. With either, vomiting is a probable outcome somewhere.

What really lets the air out of these jokes is when you are reading things in your RSS aggregator and every other item in there is some REALLY WACKY THING. Apple is replacing iChat with Adium, Rogue Amoeba is dropping support for Mac products, Tech Crunch reports some nonsensical startup announcement, ad nauseum. Sorry guys, but for the syndicated world you’ve really lost the element of surprise.

Update: The parade of sub-humorous jokes continues. Because it amuses me, I will keep a tally of them as I see them. In fact, the tallying has amused me more than the jokes. Just call me Dr. Buzzkill. Buuuwaaahaaaahaaa!

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Dave Slusher is a blogger, podcaster, computer programmer, author, science fiction fan and father. Member of the Podcast Hall of Fame class of 2022.

6 thoughts on “RSS Kills April Fool’s Day”

  1. Ken Nelson says:

    But no April Fool’s day is complete without the “no such device” devices from Here’s my pick of this year’s offerings:


  2. Derek says:

    I thought it was just me who hated April Fool’s Day. Any publication or website that feeds into this automatically loses credibility to me. Slashdot lost me today (although to be honest, they lost me a long long time ago).

  3. MissM says:

    No web discussion is complete without google! 😉
    You sorta asked for the following, when you said you enjoyed collecting them, or so I interpreted it….
    Google Romance
    Google Technology 2002 April fool’s joke
    Google Gulp 2004(?)
    Google Mentalplex 2000 version
    It did seem to have reached a new scale across the internet this year, not sure exactly if its my awareness of it, or if there are more jokesters on the internet. 🙂

  4. dave says:

    MissM, I’m not going out of my way collecting them. The one’s I posted here are the ones in feeds I’m already subscribed to.

  5. Shannon says:

    … and there there was the big internal-to-Intel annual AFD joke from our friendly Internal Communications Department. This year it was a whole video story about Intel merging with Apple.


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