Google users were tricked early after two pranksters helped people learn where to nap with Google Naps. The website, Google Naps, is not affiliated with Google but created by Kakhiel and Venour, two pranksters/marketers from the Netherlands. The fictional website lets users learn where they can nap by searching for a place based on their location. The website gives users a range of options from the third floor of a library to grassy fields. Google Naps is a crowdsourcing website, meaning that the information comes from a crowd of people instead of from writers who work for the website. Viewers can say why they believe certain locations are good places to nap such as saying that Camino Real Park in Tustin, California has an open space under a tree and that it is a great place to take a nap. Some users take the website seriously while others treat it as a fun joke. A user named Alex in Montreal said that a bench in Westmount Park is close to people’s office and far from their worries.
The creators did think about Google’s legal team when they created the website. They even added a statement explaining themselves that was written to Sergey, Larry and other members of Google. The letter tells them to not be mad and that the website is only a parody. It also says that they do not mean to hurt the Google brand and only want to make Google fans smile. The creators then ask the company to please not take them to court because they only have a couple hundred Euros in their bank accounts. Users can add their own napping location by clicking on a spot, then enter their name, the type of nap and why it is a good place to nap.
Aside from users visiting Google Naps to learn where to nap, the real Google Maps has been used to track polar bears. Polar Bears International teamed up with Google Maps to capture photos of polar bears in Churchill, Manitoba, a tundra in Canada. A team from Google Maps mounted their Street View Trekker onto a Tundra Buggy. The Buggy is able to travel around the tundra without disturbing the polar bears as well as other species that live on the tundra. During October and November the vehicle captured Street View information from the shores of the Hudson Bay while the bears waited for the ice on the sea to freeze. The Street View helps Polar Bears International create a baseline log of images that can be connected to certain geospatial data, which is information that can aid the company in understanding and discussing the impact climate change has on the ecosystem.
Users can search the fictional site Google Naps to learn about a good place to take a nap. They can search the website to find a location where they can nap and learn why the place is a good place to nap. The creators of the website added a small offer in their letter to Google by saying they could cook them eggs and let them sleep on their couch for a small fee. Users can also visit this website on their phones and tablets. Google Maps has been used to photograph polar bears through the use of Street View.
By Jordan Bonte