Public relations and marketing folks are always on the look out for ways to exploit April Fool’s day. I think one of this year’s best was SlideShare, which sent an email to many of its users saying:
You’re a SlideShare Rockstar
We’ve noticed that your slideshow on SlideShare has been getting
a LOT of views in the last 24 hours.
Great job … you must be doing something right.;-)
Why don’t you tweet or blog this?
Use the hashtag #bestofslideshare so we can track the conversation.
Unfortunately, it wasn’t true. But so many SlideShare users fell for the prank that Twitter and blog mentions for SlideShare shot up as the Twist and Blog Pulse graphs below show. It was an imaginative, but risk tactic and depends totally on the humour and goodwill of the business users who were victims. I can imagine many that might not see the funny side of it.