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# Wednesday, April 01, 2009
Obama Cousin Prank Pays Off for FamilyLink
Posted by Diane

FamilyLink pulled a fast one on the 19 million users of its We’re Related Facebook application today.

We’re Related users received notifications that Barack Obama had confirmed them as a fourth cousin once removed. Genea-Musings' Randy Seaver posted his notification and the linked pages explaining the “relationship.”

A Learn More link at the bottom of the explanatory page fessed up about the April Fool's Day prank.

Some think the joke is funny, some don’t (and some who didn't click through probably believe it). Either way, FamilyLink is getting a lot of buzz. According to the AllFacebook blog, We’re Related is experiencing five times its usual traffic today.

FamilyLink CEO Paul Allen linked to We’re Related users’ Tweets on Twitter.


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Wednesday, April 01, 2009 3:19:54 PM (Eastern Standard Time, UTC-05:00)  #  Comments [1]
Wednesday, April 01, 2009 6:41:54 PM (Eastern Standard Time, UTC-05:00)
I love humour, but not at others expense. I don't like to trick people, so April 1st and October 31st are off-limits for me. LOL.

Still, if some did not read the entire message, they might just have received an important RESEARCH lesson -- read the entire document, else you might miss something important.

Happy Dae·
http://ShoeStringGenealogy.com
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