While children are excitedly searching their homes and gardens (and some lucky tots even the White House lawn) for easter eggs only once per year, digital easter eggs can be had all year round. Another upside is that they can be consumed with much less guilt than Cadbury eggs as well.
In honour of Easter, we’ve attempted to find easter eggs for each of the social media platforms Walls.io currently supports. As you will quickly see, that’s easier with some of them than others.
Which Digital Easter Egg Came First?
The very first digital easter egg was found in 1979 in the Atari game Adventure. Since Atari didn’t publicly credit their game designers Adventure’s programmer Warren Robinett hid the message “Created by Warren Robinett” in the game.
One year earlier, in 1978, another game designer had similarly hidden his name in the game Video Whizball. Unfortunately, he might have hidden it a little too well because that one was only discovered in 2004.
Nowadays, any software, video game, DVD, and recently even SaaS provider and social media network worth their salt will attempt to hide some easter eggs in their products. In 2008, on-demand print company Moo.com even ran an actual virtual easter egg hunt competition.
One company that has mastered the digital easter egg is undeniably Google. The Google search bar alone can provide you with ample fun. Just type the following search terms in and see for yourself:
- Do a barrel roll
- The loneliest number
- Answer to life the universe and everything
Plus, there’s always Google Mirror to play around with.
Of course, easter eggs aren’t a completely altruistic concept, meant only to make customers happy. They are also an eggc… — Must! Not! Go there! — an excellent marketing opportunity for companies. It makes them stand out and gets their brand noticed. For example, look at Dutch retailer Hema, go to their trick product page, and have a closer look at that blue mug. I’m sure you won’t forget about that store anytime soon, even if you never make it to the Netherlands to actually buy something there.
The Konami Code
The Konami Code is a combination of keystrokes that triggers the cheat mode in many Konami video games. It was first used in 1986 and has since become a part of popular culture. The code has been implemented into many non-Konami games and is often used to trigger easter eggs on websites as well.
To enter the Konami Code press the following keystroke combination on your keyboard: up-up-down-down-left-right-left-right-b-a (sometimes you’ll have to press the enter key as well).
Facebook Easter Eggs
Facebook used to have a Konami Code easter egg but, sadly, it doesn’t exist anymore. Instead, Facebook has hidden some nifty games in Messenger, though.
To play chess with a friend in Facebook Messenger enter “@fbchess play” (without the quotation marks), and a chess board will magically appear.
You select pieces using K for king, Q for queen, B for bishop, N for knight, R for rook, and P for pawn and move them by adding the letter and number representing the square you want to move it to. For example: “@fbchess Pd4” (again, without the quotes).
If you, like me, can’t actually play chess, there’s always Messenger basketball. On Messenger mobile (it only works on mobile) post the basketball emoji — not the sticker — and then click on the ball and have fun wasting some precious time.
YouTube Easter Eggs
YouTube has lots of easter eggs that come and go. You can search YouTube for “doge meme” or for “do the harlem shake” for instance.
Instagram Easter Eggs
Twitter Easter Eggs
Also not technically an easter egg, but Twitter is definitely keeping everyone entertained throughout the year by programming hashtags to automatically trigger a fitting emoji to be added to the tweet. This is now commonly called hashflags, named after the national flags triggered by hashtags with three letter country codes.
Twitter keeps changing their hashflags according to current events. During the Eurovision Song Contest 2015 they were little national flags in heart form. During the US Presidential Elections #iVoted and #iCaucused will trigger a checkmark emoji.
Then we have a bucketload of emoji for Captain America: Civil War hashtags.
Google+ Easter Eggs
- /shy dino
- Konami Code
Not Quite The Easter Eggs I Was Looking For
FYI: Tumblr, Vine, Vimeo, Foursquare, Swarm, Flickr, Reddit and App.net were a complete bust as well but, just so you know, Walls.io still supports those platforms — we don’t discriminate based on the fun factor.
Know any cool social media easter eggs that I have missed? Have you managed to figure out if Pinterest has anything awesome hidden without feeling completely egg-rolled?