While a treasure map skin on Google Maps is not exactly a prank, it is at least a novelty I can enjoy. April Fools day on the internet has largely become a day of promoting and encouraging everyone to employ a healthy dose of skepticism. Personally, after being burned by Games Magazine in 1997 (oh how I wanted an Orion’s Crystal), I’ve been wary of news and announcements in the late March/early April timeframe. I would bet many other people also anticipate and expect the pranks. One could argue the treasure map is an example of how far this shift has come. This does not seek to fool anyone. It is simply a clever and interesting toy to play with today, like most Google theme logos, or like YouTube’s ASCII skin from April Fool’s 2010. In most respect’s, I like this change. I can browse the internet a little bit more assuredly. On the other hand, April Fool’s day is really about pranks, even when we don’t like them played on us.