4/01/2010 12:01:00 AMEarly last month the mayor of Topeka, Kansas stunned the world by announcing that his city was changing its name to Google. We’ve been wondering ever since how best to honor that moving gesture. Today we are pleased to announce that as of 1AM (Central Daylight Time) April 1st, Google has officially changed our name to Topeka.
We didn’t reach this decision lightly; after all, we had a fair amount of brand equity tied up in our old name. But the more we surfed around (the former) Topeka’s municipal website, the more kinship we felt with this fine city at the edge of the Great Plains.
This morning I had another Breakfast meeting with staff from across different departments. We discussed things we could to to advance our organization. But first, we started with a few April Fools plans...one person discussed making cupcakes out of ground beef with mashed potatoes as 'frosting'. Another discussed plans to set her son's alarm one hour ahead to ensure he would wake up on time. Then, the third prank...someone shared from a prior period in her life when they boxed up a person's office and the boss then called the 'targeted individual' into his office. Needless to say, the person with a boxed up office did not enjoy that April Fool's joke.
So many of us are extremely busy all day long with little time for pranks. But April 1st is a traditional time of year...I look forward to hearing any of the pranks you pulled off today.