GOOGLE: April fools joke may turn into class action nightmare
Google has geeks grining all over the world with a although in theory feasable but foolish plan to run internet acess for free using munincipal sewage systems by routing cables through your toilet.
In a multipage internet layout showing the design and debut that is only a gag afterall – that geeks might have a few laughs at- legal eagles now- are looking at possible profits.
What may be humerous to some – could be seen as unfair and causing stress to thoe in parts of the world where ‘free web access’ is a real issue even at the level of say public libraries or small communites.
Talking the gag over with my editors in New York and Tokyo – not just a small number of people – could be seen as grabing and downloading the site before it’s taken down getting web verification of its presence and then moving as quick as they can to courts.
Expect more than a few seeking to profit via lawsuit for failure by google to take not the web serriously. But perhaps the fact that they actually advertised rates for the sevice. Now – that is no joke – as specific federal laws may have been violated as to fraud and or truth in advertsing of services. As a california based company Google should be worried. Judges there – might make Google execsflush profits down in settlements if they don’t work fast to do retractions.
Perhaps the fun side of humor tookthe ‘fairness doctrine’ to the toilet as well.
What if somebody did decide to sue?
Google installation guide and press release below:
Google announces free in-home wireless broadband service
“Dark porcelain” project offers self-installed plumbing-based Internet access
MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif., April 1, 2007 – Google Inc. (NASDAQ: GOOG) today announced the launch of Google TiSP (BETA)™, a free in-home wireless broadband service that delivers online connectivity via users’ plumbing systems. The Toilet Internet Service Provider (TiSP) project is a self-installed, ad-supported online service that will be offered entirely free to any consumer with a WiFi-capable PC and a toilet connected to a local municipal sewage system.
“We’ve got that whole organizing-the-world’s-information thing more or less under control,” said Google Co-founder and President Larry Page, a longtime supporter of so-called “dark porcelain” research and development. “What’s interesting, though, is how many different modalities there are for actually getting that information to you – not to mention from you.”
For years, data carriers have confronted the “last hundred yards” problem for delivering data from local networks into individual homes. Now Google has successfully devised a “last hundred smelly yards” solution that takes advantage of preexisting plumbing and sewage systems and their related hydraulic data-transmission capabilities. “There’s actually a thriving little underground community that’s been studying this exact solution for a long time,” says Page. “And today our Toilet ISP team is pleased to be leading the way through the sewers, up out of your toilet and – splat – right onto your PC.”
Users who sign up online for the TiSP system will receive a full home self-installation kit, which includes a spindle of fiber-optic cable, a TiSP wireless router, installation CD and setup guide. Home installation is a simple matter of GFlushing™ the fiber-optic cable down to the nearest TiSP Access Node, then plugging the other end into the network port of your Google-provided TiSP wireless router. Within sixty minutes, the Access Node’s crack team of Plumbing Hardware Dispatchers (PHDs) should have your internet connection up and running.
“I couldn’t be more excited about, and am only slightly grossed out by, this remarkable new product,” said Marissa Mayer, Google’s Vice President of Search Products and User Experience. “I firmly believe TiSP will be a breakthrough product, particularly for those users who, like Larry himself, do much of their best thinking in the bathroom.”
Interested consumers, contractually obligated partners and deeply skeptical and quietly competitive backbiters can learn more about TiSP at http://www.google.com/tisp/install.html.
About Google Inc.
Google’s innovative search technologies connect millions of people around the world with information every day. Founded in 1998 by Stanford Ph.D. wannabes Larry Page and Sergey Brin, Google today is a top web property in all major global markets. Google’s targeted advertising program provides businesses of all sizes with measurable results, while enhancing the overall web experience for users. Google is headquartered in Silicon Valley with offices throughout the Americas, Europe and Asia. For more information, visit www.google.com.
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