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Public Service Announcement

By March 30, 2011

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Internet Cleaning Day is April 1st.

As many of you know, each year the Internet must be shut down for 24 hours in order to allow us to clean it. The cleaning process, which eliminates dead email, inactive FTP and WWW sites, and empty Usenet groups, allows for a better working and faster Internet.

This year the cleaning process will take place from 12:01 a.m. GMT on April 1 until 12:01 a.m. GMT on April 2 (the time least likely to interfere with ongoing work). During that 24-hour period, five powerful Internet search engines situated around the world will search the Internet and delete any data that they find.

In order to protect your valuable data from deletion,  we ask that you do the following:        

  1. Disconnect all terminals and local area networks from their Internet connections.
  2. Shut down all Internet servers, or disconnect them from the Internet.
  3. Disconnect all disks and hard drives from any connections to the Internet.
  4. Refrain from connecting any computer to the Internet in any way.

Important Further Instructions...


March 31, 2011 at 12:06 am
(1) Brian O'Leary says:

This April Fool’s joke has been floating around for over 15 years. Why do people keep resurrecting it, year after year?

March 31, 2011 at 9:29 am
(2) Berry says:

Because April fools can be lots of fun.
And because people are still falling for it…

March 31, 2011 at 10:07 am
(3) Rod says:

I love this! Telling people that the Internet needs to be cleaned of inefficient or “dead wood” connections, and then instructing people to shut down their networks, servers, etc. If this were true, why would it tell people to defeat the purpose of this exercise? Oh, man, this is funny!

March 31, 2011 at 10:49 am
(4) SYS says:

Heheheheheh … just goes to show how many people hang their brains on a wall hook when they sit down at their computers …

April 1, 2011 at 2:26 am
(5) bob says:

I did this one step further….. i convinced the radio dj to announce this on air then i printed out fliers of those instructions and put them up in grocery stores and gas stations in my house


April 4, 2011 at 7:29 pm
(6) Hrabble says:

Well I’ll have you know that I -did- it. I disconnected from the Internet for 24 hours, and everything now works at least ten times as fast!

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