Everyone related to technology and computer knows what is Google. Probably a few among them may know the wonderful ideas, projects and products funded by Google. Google's prestigious search engine, Orkut, Google Earth, Blogger.. the list goes on... But the most amazing project plan I have been ever heard from Google came on early hours of this month. Here the story goes...
On the 2nd or 3rd of this month, I get a forwarded mail from one of my friend with a web link in it. The name in mail is completely new for me. Never heard about such a project or product name from Google or any other company. Just because it starts with the main domain Google.com, I assured myself that it is the one from Google itself. I navigate through the specified link and reach the homepage referring to the project plan details. The project is named Virgle - The Adventure of Many Lifetimes.
Here is the link for your reference: http://www.google.com/virgle/index.html
In search for the details
Let me guess; you have already gone through the link above. Noticed the 100 year plan given in the left side of homepage? Google team narrates their 100 year plan starting from 2010 through 2108.
One video by Larry Page and Sergey Brin on Virgle
The next section, 'Become a Pioneer' explains the benefits and dangers involved in joining the project. Yeah!! everyone is welcome to apply... Just what you need to do is to explain why you want to live on Mars and you could win a coveted slot on the earliest, most uncomfortable and dangerously untested manned space flights to the new New World - or a fabulous prize!
One button is provided to 'Apply' or 'To be a Pioneer' and it continues to an Application Form, the page with a bundle of questions and further asks to publish a you-tube video from the applicant. Next two sections explains the Google's ideas about the planet and founders messages.
Still you have some clarifications? AFAQ section is also provided. Go through the commonly asked questions and it's answers.
Ok ok. No more secrets...I think you got the point (if you have already gone though the site). Best April fool I have ever seen. 'Location, location, location.' hehe...hardly escaped!!
They designed it almost perfect with a lot of external references.
Blog - http://googleblog.blogspot.com/2008/04/announcing-project-virgle.html
Jobs - http://www.google.com/jobs/lunar_job.html
Discussion Board - http://groups.google.com/group/virgle/
A lot of you-tube videos which is posted by poor April fools..etc...