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Get online with Google TiSP!


I don't know if many people noticed Google's April fools prank this year? A small text ad placed under the search box prompted surfers to "Sign up for our free in-home wireless broadband service" which took them to the Google TiSP Beta page.  By the way --  as I later found out, TiSP stood for 'Toilet ISP'.

While the getting started page entitled 'Going with the flow' was funny, the press release was much better still:

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.

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.

To be honest, I wasn't at all surprised to see Google offering free broadband (with every man and his dog offering free broadband in the UK it's only a matter of time until Google get in on the act isn't it?); it was only on seeing the toilet that I realised this must be an April fools gag.  I have to say I was quite impressed!

4 comments
pmolina
pmolina

As usual, ex-urbanites are left out.

ringworm03
ringworm03

I must say, while i wasnt fooled by this prank, i did notice it. Quite a nice prank.

mITw
mITw

Since it is a "septic" network (rather than aseptic) then I am quite sure that Glugglug would provide remote rural users with an SSL (Satellite Septic-tank Locator) connection. Perhaps those New Year's instructions were not yet fully flushed out.

Justin Fielding
Justin Fielding

Sure, but I think a lot of your average 'users' would have been taken for a ride :)

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