In an announcement by Google today via its blog site, as of 1AM (Central Daylight Time) April 1st, Google has officially changed its name to Topeka.
Google apparently is doing it as a return gesture when early last month, the mayor of Topeka, Bill Bunten unofficially changed the city’s name to Google.
Topeka is the capital city of the state of Kansas, USA. In an effort to land a spot on Google’s “Fiber for Communities” program, the mayor did the stunt. The initiative, launched this year by Google, promises to install new broadband cables in random communities around the United States of America.
According to Google, the word “topeka” itself derives from a term used by the Kansa and Ioway tribes to refer to “a good place to dig for potatoes,” and they’d like to think that their website is also one of the web’s top places to dig for information.
From now on, Google employees once known as “Googlers” should now be referred to as either “Topekers” or “Topekans”.
Well, for the duration of April Fool’s Day at least.
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