So Why Did Google Change to Topeka?

| by Mark Berman Opposing Views

The world's most popular website -- Topeka?! That's the name Google is using on this April Fools Day. 

The change is apparently a return gesture to Topeka, Kanasas, whose mayor unofficially renamed the city "Google, Kansas," for the month of March in an effort to land a spot on Google's "Fiber for Communities" program. The initiative, launched this year by Google, promises to install new broadband cables in random communities around the United States.

"We've been wondering ever since how best to honor that moving gesture," a Google, uh, Topeka spokesperson wrote on the company's official blog. "Today we are pleased to announce that as of 1AM (Central Daylight Time) April 1st, Google has officially changed our name to Topeka."

Topeka announced wide-sweeping changes to the company to go along with the name change: Employees will be referred to as "Topekans" instead of "Googlers" and a push to use "Topeka'ed" as a verb in Web searches.

That Thursday is also April Fool's Day may be coincidental. It is also the day that the city of Topeka started using its old name again.

"We are very proud of our city and Topeka is an Indian word which means 'a good place to grow potatoes,' Topeka mayor Bill Bunten told CNN in early March. "We're not going to change that."