My April Fools prank

Posted on Facebook on the 1st day of the month. At 10am in the morning when I woke up, I realised I needed to think of a prank in 2 hours. Here’s what I came up with. I only fooled like 1 or 2 people, but meh…


Taken for the Herald Sun, 1/4/09

Facebook to poke our wallets

INTERNET giant Facebook is set to disappoint millions this afternoon when it announces that the social networking website will soon enforce a fee to users.
Company spokesperson James Butler claimed that the organisation was facing financial difficulties as a result of the current global recession.
Since 2003, the site has been run completely free of charge with profits coming from advertising alone, however this is evidently no longer sustainable.
Butler endorsed a new look Facebook interface that will replace the current model.
“Users who decide to remain committed to… [Facebook] will be duly rewarded. We plan to significantly improve the service our website offers and include more applications such as a free text messaging service”.
Unfortunately for Australians, this service will only be available in the United States of America.
Butler also reinforced that not all consumers will be charged, explaining that only heavy users will be required to empty their pockets.
“Users will be allowed to keep their profile page for no cost, however uploading pictures, commenting on walls and other communication functions will incur additional costs.”
“We hope customers will understand our need for alteration, but at the same time we implore them to maintain their faith in us and be a part of Facebook’s second generation.”
Over 120 million individuals worldwide have profiles on Facebook.
Economic commentator and serial blogger Jason Spark believes Facebook’s decision will result in a disaster for the multinational organisation.
“The most appealing aspect of Facebook is that it is free. By taking that feature away from online users, popularity will no doubt sink.”
“If users had no trouble switching from MySpace or Bebo [to Facebook], they will certainly not find it difficult to… switch allegiances once more.”
Dedicated Facebook user Tanya Young, 19, also condemned the change, attacking the corporation.
“Facebook is the livlihood (sic) of so many members of this young generation. The morons who run the organisation… have just lost themselves about 50 million customers in an instant.”
The controversial changes are set to take place at the beginning of the new financial year on 1 July, 2009.