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Wolfram|Alpha Changes Its Name

April 1, 2011 —
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When we released Wolfram|Alpha “into the wild” nearly two years ago, we did so knowing that user input would help shape the future of our grand experiment. Since then, we’ve implemented literally thousands of user suggestions and have continually refined our ability to understand and precisely answer natural-language questions across virtually every domain of human knowledge.

When we launched, our strongest areas of knowledge were definitely in mathematics and science, but we’ve steadily increased our coverage of data in more popular “everyday” areas: information about health and medicine, housing prices, movies, school districts, jobs, crime, and much more.

And we haven’t stopped listening to our dedicated users. In fact, over the past year, it’s become clear that we should start focusing more of our efforts on one specific topic, a relatively recent phenomenon that nevertheless has the power to transform lives around the world. And in the process, we decided that it’s also time to “grow up” and shed our Alpha-level status.

We know this is a dramatic change. But after extensive research, we’re certain that our latest transformation truly represents the future of computational knowledge. So without further ado, we’re pleased to present our new name and logo.


Your new name ranks up there with zOMGPONIES!

Posted by Cassie April 1, 2011 at 9:08 am

Wow, nice one!
i’m sure this will be a great revolution of wolfram alpha

Posted by Satria Ady Pradana April 1, 2011 at 9:11 am

yeah fool Me day :]] enjoy

Posted by Anateur-Astronomer April 1, 2011 at 9:19 am

You got me…

Posted by Matt April 1, 2011 at 9:23 am

I like it, you should keep it – will definitely improve the visitor counts and contribute to education of modern twelveteen year-olds everywhere.

Posted by alex w April 1, 2011 at 9:50 am

I HATE YOU ALL! (I almost had a heart-attack:D)

Posted by Federico April 1, 2011 at 10:07 am

lol…That’s great!

Posted by Sally Jo Rupp April 1, 2011 at 10:08 am


Posted by RonP April 1, 2011 at 10:21 am

The reason none of the gears in your new background mesh is that they don’t have the same pitch. No joke.

Posted by Fred Klingener April 1, 2011 at 11:07 am

But when will B|B implement a motion interface, for all of us graspers and killers?

Posted by Kurt April 1, 2011 at 11:44 am

Un beliebable

Posted by Bill April 1, 2011 at 12:30 pm

How about “Riemann|Zeta” ;-)

Posted by vonjd April 1, 2011 at 12:36 pm

    Good one!

    Posted by Navneeth April 2, 2011 at 1:47 pm

Oh, that was nauseating…

Posted by Joe April 1, 2011 at 1:07 pm


Posted by BieberFTW April 1, 2011 at 1:19 pm

Nice!!!! But ya didn’t fool me!

Posted by Hank the crank April 1, 2011 at 3:35 pm

HILARIOUS! Love this, so much.

Posted by Russell April 1, 2011 at 3:37 pm

The “changing name fool” is very old, but hey… Bieber. XD

Posted by Lazza April 2, 2011 at 4:21 am

Next April 1st give wrong but credible answers all morning.
Q:What should I do if my child complains he is waliking round in circles?
A: Nail his other foot to the floor.

Posted by Brian Gilbert April 2, 2011 at 5:41 am

The moment I read “extensive research”, I realised what you guys were actually up to. :D

Posted by Navneeth April 2, 2011 at 1:46 pm

I read this on April 2nd, so I forgot yesterday was April fools day, and I thought it would be Wolfram Beta, with some cool new features, but when I clicked on it, I had a good laugh.

Great one guys!

Posted by Austin Garrett April 2, 2011 at 4:03 pm

haha good one!

Posted by summer April 3, 2011 at 2:25 am

I’m so disappointed. That was a joke? :D

I read it on the Monday following April Fool’s Day, so I didn’t have a clue what was coming when I clicked on the link. I love it – thanks for helping me start the work week with a great laugh. Keep up the great work (Bieberish or not).

Posted by Thara April 4, 2011 at 8:40 am

Please announce the constraints placed on use of W|A such as the maximum characters in an input. These are important in knowing what is a bug and what is just a constraint. Alternatively give a meaningful message when a user tries to exceed a constraint.
BG Volunteer Curator.

Posted by Brian Gilbert April 5, 2011 at 7:55 am

This was great. Reading this on the eighth, I completely forgot about April Fool’s. This was great!

Posted by raptortech97 April 8, 2011 at 7:19 am

wow april fools, forgot

Posted by matt April 11, 2011 at 11:07 pm