Women laughing at April Fools Day Prank

Ready to get your prank on for April Fools' Day? We pulled together some ideas for punking your friends online. Check out these April Fools’ pranks for Facebook.

Facebook pranks that will earn a 'Like'

Forget pulling little April Fools' Day jokes on just your family and co-workers. These days Facebook is quickly becoming the most popular spot to pull pranks. With instant access to an audience of family, friends and co-workers, pulling a prank on Facebook seems the obvious place to have a little April Fools' Day fun. Check out these prank ideas:

Funny status profile link trick

This Facebook prank spotted on Reface.com is sure to give your friends a little giggle. Thisinnocent-looking link will actually take friends to their own profile page when clicked:

Make a note to turn off the automatic thumbnail preview of the link that Facebook includes by clicking on the blue X in the upper right-hand corner so you don’t spoil the fun when sharing.

Post things like:

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Status update pranks

A common April Fools' prank on Facebook is to fake a pregnancy, and folks are wising up to this annual joke. If you’re looking to post a prank status update this year, check out some of these alternative ideas:

  • Just got engaged! (Bonus points if you can tag someone in this post who is in on the fun.)
  • I’m being transferred and moving to a different country (list a specific place)
  • Just got laid off
  • I quit my job today
  • Won the lottery!

Post a Photoshopped profile picture

If you have good photo editing skills, you could photoshop a picture of you with a fake injury or even just post a close-up of a broken arm or a leg in a cast (nothing gory please — keep it light).

For a unique spin on this prank, consider posting a photoshopped image of a fake tattoo. This tutorial shows you how to make any digital image into a tattoo on a photo. While this technique is used by artists to give a sneak preview of what a tattoo would look like, it would also make for an excellent April Fools' prank when posted as your profile picture.

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Birthday hatChange your birthday to April first

If you have a gazillion random online acquaintances -- oops, we mean Facebook "friends" --  pull an easy prank on them by simply changing your birthday to April 1 and watch the birthday wishes come rolling in. Consider giving your family and inner crew a heads-up so they don’t mistakenly blow your cover early on by publicly calling you out on your prank.

Nicole Richie and Kim KardashianHack into your BFF’s Facebook

If you know your bestie’s account information, take a cue from prankster Nicole Richie, who in 2010 hacked into Kim Kardashian’s Twitter account and posted silly messages. Keep the postings clean and lighthearted so you don’t unintentionally turn your BFF into a frenemy, but have fun by posting random messages and pictures. Change someone’s relationship status from single to engaged. Change his or her profile picture to one of someone else. Have a little (harmless) fun.

Even Kardashian thought that the prank pulled by Richie was "hands-down the funniest April Fools’!!"

Tell us

What are some of your favorite April Fools' Day pranks for Facebook? Share in the comment section below!

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Comments on "Top 5 April Fools' pranks for Facebook"

Andy April 01, 2014 | 4:49 AM

Facebook won't allow the prank link that brings the person back to their own profile.

Paul March 31, 2014 | 7:44 PM

FB won't allow the link that takes the user to their own profile page.

Cathy March 31, 2014 | 6:42 AM

Last year on April Fools Day, I photo-shopped a big, scary Tarantula spider onto a pic of my (very girly girl) daughter,as if she were holding it- and announced that she had a new pet! She shared it on her page also.....boy did I get a lot of feedback! Mostly: "I cant believe you let her have that!" Even after I posted an "April Fool!" on the pic the next day, some people didn't get the "memo" and were still talking about it.....

Ashton March 29, 2013 | 11:33 AM

Last year I told everyone on FB that I was going to be in a movie. I said they loved my southern accent and that they loved me. Since I moved from MS to Orange County California it was way believable. Everyone back home fell for the prank. In my small town people were coming up to my mom congratulating her about my movie! Even the mayor and his wife fell for it. I never updated my status to say different. There could be people who still think that I got the part. The year before I said I was moving back Mississippi. They believed that too! Not sure what to do this year...

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