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Last-Minute April Fools’ Day Pranks for Social Media Users

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Last-minute April Fools’ Day pranks have come a long way from the days of placing a whoopee cushion on a chair. As a society, we have become more sophisticated in both humor and method of prank execution. The Internet is now the epicenter for both last-minute and well-planned digital pranks. Even global tech giants are getting in on the fun. Google, for instance, spends time and resources on elaborate pranks, new technology, and clever additions to Google apps every year (like David Hasselhoff photobombs in Google+ or Pokemon hunting in Google Maps).

But if you don’t have the same money and resources as Google (doesn’t everyone?), or if you don’t have time to cover your friend’s car in Post-it notes, you can still take to social media to have some fun on April 1st. Here are some last-minute April Fools’ Day pranks that are sure to elicit a chuckle or two:

Facebook Fooling

  • Birthday Switch: Are you suspicious that some of your “friends” don’t know when your birthday is? Change your birthday to April 1st and see how many posts and messages you get wishing you a happy birthday. You can then send everyone you hear from a follow-up message wishing them a happy April Fools’ Day.
  • Like Everything: Do you know someone who gets annoyed by Facebook notifications throughout the day? Go through their previous statuses and pictures, and like every single post. Then delete it right after. They will be flooded with notifications.
  • Sudden Life Change: April Fools’ Day is the perfect time to put a monumental status update. Are you engaged? Are you moving to another country? Have you recently won the lottery? Probably not. But that doesn’t mean you can’t prank your friends by posting an update with some exciting news. Just try not to get yourself into too much trouble.
  • Fun With Photoshop: If you have some good Photoshop skills, try posting a picture of a new tattoo on your face or you with your favorite celebrity.

Twitter Tricks

  • Incomplete Message: Since tweets are limited to only 140 characters, it would be clever to post a some really exciting news, and tantalizingly leave off the last bit of info at the end. For example, you can end your tweet with, “I can’t believe it’s finally happening. I’m packing my bags and moving to…” and end it right there.
  • No Spaces: Send out a tweet to all of your followers saying that Twitter is no longer allowing the use of spaces and will close your account if they catch you using them. Then you can laugh at whoever believes you.

These pranks are sure to give you and your friends some laughs. But remember, once you put something online, it is there for everyone to see. So keep it in good humor, and don’t put your job in jeopardy. With that in mind, log in and start pranking!

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Syed Hussain is a blogger and freelancer specializing in personal finance, millennial issues and healthcare.  He especially makes personal finance simple and easy to understand for college students and young professionals.