If you're not a regular prankster, finding the time to come up with an elaborate prank to get back at your friend can be a bit tricky when April Fool's Day rolls around.
Although you could just let it slide and ignore the day of trickery, technology has made it all too easy to pull the perfect revenge pranks on the people who got you last year. If you're ready to pull one over on the pranksters in your life, April Fool's Day is around the corner, which means it's time to start devising your plan.
Here are four ways you can use tech to pull off expert-level pranks this April Fool's Day.
Have you ever noticed that Facebook advertising is eerily accurate? It's almost like advertisers know what you're looking for before you even know you want it. That's because they do, thanks to Facebook's ad platform.
"Facebook knows a lot about you (and which websites you visited), and it uses that information to let advertisers target their ads to select groups of people," social marketing guru Jerry Low said.
You can use the same Facebook targeting tools to pull one over on your friends this year. All you need to do is set up a public figure page and an accompanying Facebook ad manager account to get started. Once you have your public figure account, you can target your unsuspecting victims by adding their email addresses into a custom audience group. From here, you can deliver ads to them throughout the day that are either so spot on it's almost unnerving or so ridiculous they'll start questioning their validity.
Few things are more confusing than getting a text from a random number. Even more confusing? Getting a text from a random number with multiple facts about cats. This is why one awesome way to prank your friend on April Fool's Day this year is to sign them up for Cat Facts.
The Cat Facts app is free on Android devices. Once you've downloaded the app, you can set up cat facts to be sent to select contacts from your phone on a frequency of your choice. When the recipient texts back "STOP," the messages will increase. The messages stop at the date/time of your choice. You can read responses from the recipient within the app so you'll get an idea of when you should probably stop the texts.
Mac users are safe from this prank, but if your April Fool's Day target has a PC, there are many ways you can use their own laptop or desktop computer to trick them on the big day.
Adam Dachis from Lifehacker recommends flipping the screen upside down.
"Type Control-Alt-Down on any Windows machine and the screen will flip upside-down. Restore things to normal with Control-Alt-Up — but that can be hard to discover when you can't use Google properly," Dachis said.
Mashable has a guide to several more PC tricks you can pull if this one doesn't seem advanced enough for your level of trickery.
Finally, we're to the mecca of all tech pranks: the Cage-ify Chrome extension. Any potential prank victim who uses Google Chrome as their main browser (which includes most people) is susceptible to this one. Once you've downloaded the extension, images of Nicholas Cage will pop up on every site the user visits while in a Google Chrome browser window.
Your unsuspecting prank victim will spend at least a few minutes in confusion until they catch on that Nick Cage isn't just buying out ads on every site. Once the laughs have settled, you can uninstall the browser extension to undo the prank.
The feeling you get when you pull a fast one on your friends and family never gets old, but it's especially satisfying on April Fool's Day. If you've never been a big fan of the effort involved with traditional pranks, like putting a stapler Jell-O, one of these simple tech tricks is sure to be an excellent alternative for your April Fool's Day shenanigans.
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