Google Changes Company Name to ‘Topeka’ on April Fool’s Day
On April fools day, Google changed its company name to Topeka. Instead of the usual colorful “Google” logo, the homepage was changed to “Topeka” to return a gesture made by Topeka, Kansas Mayor Bill Bunten. Mayor Bunten was the one who unofficially renamed the city “Google” to get Google’s attention for the “Fiber for Communities” program last March.
Google Topeka CEO Eric Schmidt,wrote on their official blog:
Early last month the mayor of Topeka, Kansas stunned the world by announcing that his city was changing its name to Google. We’ve been wondering ever since how best to honor that moving gesture. Today we are pleased to announce that as of 1AM (Central Daylight Time) April 1st, Google has officially changed our name to Topeka.