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Gotcha! Happy April fools Day!

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Our Phoenix Viewer users have all noticed on logging in today that there is a Neko avatar staring back at them on the login page. This is my avatar, Jessica Lyon,Β  Project Manager of the Phoenix Project. There has been some concern that the viewer has been hacked, this of course is incorrect. Unfortunately our Legal department email address has been inundated with concerned residents. As some may not realize the login screen is loaded dynamically from the web and can be changed at any time, just as the LL login screen changes almost every time it’s loaded. While most of our users got the joke, some were offended by it. I’d just like to point out at this time that there are websites all over the internet participating in jokes on this day including Wikipedia, Google, Microsoft, WoW and many many others.
There’s a big list here

I apologize if you were offended by the prank, it’s all in good fun and tradition!
You can download the 12 different login page images here:

On another note.. and this is NOT a joke.. our fund raiser for Japan relief has generated over $1700 US so far thanks to you! Thank you all SO much! It’s important to remember that while we may not have much.. we have more than they do right now. Keep those donations coming!

Jessica Lyon
Project Manager
The Phoenix Viewer Project, Inc

  • I thought it was an ace april fools and your a cute lil neko Miss Jessica, shame they can’t be animated that would have been awesome πŸ˜€


    April 1, 2011

  • There’s an extra space (%20) at the end of the link in this post, which makes the address invalid.

    Nice login pic, though!

    Aaron of Minneapolis

    April 1, 2011

  • I think it is cute.I just logged on for the first time today and I love it.I have a few alts that are Neko so I see no problem at all.If anything I would love to see the Neko for awhile because it livens up the log in page.Thank You Miss Jessica for making our log in different and fun.


    April 1, 2011

  • Very cute :3


    April 1, 2011

  • hehehe Happy Aprils Fools Day :)))


    April 1, 2011

  • I launched the viewer, saw today’s image… and LOLed! Yeah, great April Fools gag! πŸ˜€


    April 1, 2011

  • LMAO bet you did not get one australian complaint we were all to busy sticking sprinkers in each others cars or hiding mice in the secretaries draw..


    April 2, 2011

  • LOL It surprised me and was kinda cute but I didn’t see any issues with it. actually didn’t get the joke. just thought was cute πŸ˜›


    April 2, 2011

  • How or why would this be offensive? I don’t get it.

    I thought it was cute, seeing you peeking over the bottom edge like that. I giggled!



    April 2, 2011

  • As a neko myself, I must admit I blinked once and the burst out in squees and giggles.

    I thought it was brilliant, cute and clever. Heck I even openly admit it that I restarted phoenix about 10 times for different screens (ok so I am easily amused). Personally I wouldn’t mind that as the standard login screens .. and a cute avi you have to boot!

    Thank you for brightening my day!


    April 2, 2011

  • Some people were *offended*? Wow. Maybe they need to get out more. I just pulled up the viewer and thought it was cute!


    April 2, 2011

  • I thought it was great πŸ™‚ purrfect in fact

    sirhc desantis

    April 2, 2011

  • heehee I didnt realize was for April Fools (I’m blonde). But I thought it was soooo cute! πŸ˜›

    Laura18 Streeter

    April 2, 2011

  • Jessica, you’re soooo cute! I smiled and giggled when seeing the login page. The people who are offended by the picture should use a textviewer, so no loginscreen… “Offence is always in the eye of the beholder”.
    Thanks for the cool pictures πŸ˜€ *hugs you*

    Igel Hawks

    April 2, 2011

  • Hahaha, cool one, loved it πŸ™‚

    However, I heard other weirdness that was not funny. Some couples thought their partner had left them:
    The partner didn’t show up at once in the viewer when they opened their own profile. >.< Dunno if this was a real April Fools joke or just a very laggy region but if your entire profile loads except your partner, it could cause a bit of panic then. ;-) Bo


    April 2, 2011

  • I don’t understand the joke. I saw a picture and a badly spelled message, and never linked that with April’s Fool.

    Jorge Luis

    April 2, 2011

  • I didn’t intend on logging in today, but this post made me have to do it, well played ^_^ And thanks for the link, lots of interesting April fools on sites there I hadn’t thought of.


    April 2, 2011

  • Is anyone else having issues with Phoenix? ie: crashing, locking up, ect? 3rd party viewers are better than SLV-2. but SWome of us could use a Lighter version..

    I enjoy phoenix, but now have to use imprudence or emergence, since they dont lag, crash of freeze like Phoenix.. πŸ™


    April 2, 2011

  • Jorge Luis, go to and you’ll understand what the deliberate miss-spelling is πŸ™‚

    Haha Tex, nah, I’m Australian and I was one of those who sent in a message out of concern, just in case … I was pretty sure that it was an April Fool’s gag, but what better time to hack than when everyone will think it’s a joke?

    I don’t understand why anyone would have been offended though … confused, sure, but offended?


    April 2, 2011

  • I thought it was AWESOME and I snapped a copy of the screen and sent to all my friends πŸ˜€ Didn’t realise there were multiple versions though! Can’t for the life of me figure how anyone could be *offended* by that image, unless you stuck one up there with boobs out or something!! Great SLcentric version of the classic lolcat – don’t let anyone convince you it was a bad idea!! πŸ™‚


    April 2, 2011

  • awww I thought you were a cutie. When I logged in and saw half your face i was like oh hi and laughed…If they can’t take a joke they need to lighten up and get the stick out of their rear….I hope to see you on the logon page again soon what a cutie…

    Hi Kristen!

    April 2, 2011

  • I got it right away and enjoyed the modern “Kilroy”. Thanks for the link to the ones I did not see.


    April 2, 2011

  • Also…

    Basement cat r ogling your titties!



    April 2, 2011

  • There was nothing offensive about it, unfortunately there is always someone out there that needs to ripple the water.


    April 2, 2011

  • I thought it was very cute. I didn’t see a joke in it, but it was funny


    April 3, 2011

  • Thanks for the cute pics…and make Firestorm even better than Phoenix!!


    April 3, 2011

  • Unfortunately, this project has a history that made such an April Fool’s Joke less than perfect. It really is a good joke, just… eh.

    Tara Li

    April 3, 2011

  • Returning the joke semi-serious in the language of LOL Cats πŸ˜‰

    Cat: ‘I can haz cheezeburger?’ Humanoid: “Page two in firestorm and you can haz more cheezeburgerz…” Cat: ‘Win!’

    Saint Lucifer

    April 3, 2011

  • Well I myself loved it… I got it right off… was shrewd~! was great… πŸ™‚


    April 3, 2011

  • Why anyone would be offended is beyond me.I thought it was cute.Some people are just never happy..


    April 4, 2011

  • Did you know that Japan is one of the riches countries in the world and that everyone will get supplemented for their losses? If those that do not have family in America helping out, they have family in Hawaii, other parts of the world. Plus are you sure the people that really do need the help will get the money we send?

    Why can’t we do this for people in this country that need the help to feed their kids or put a roof over their heads, because they just lost their jobs.


    April 4, 2011

  • Hi Jessica

    Apart from getting a shock when a Neko Chad appeared on my screen and “Who Dat”? above it it took me a few moments until I realised what day it was!
    As you said later “Purrfect”.

    Now, let’s see if the blog will accept this post……


    April 4, 2011

  • too bad we cant have our own personal log in screens…sighs…


    April 5, 2011

  • I was confused for a sec, but so cute.. I got the Lyk ur face one… Oh and wow love the eyes Jess!! Where did you get them?

    FairyQueen Axel


    April 6, 2011

  • I thought this was awesome, and i kinda hoped it would stay that way. A MOTD from jessica:D That would be very cool:)


    April 8, 2011

  • OMG , sorry im late haha, but wtf how could you be offended by that o.0 , get a life guys , sl is for haveing fun , not haveing rl issues o.0 , any way ^5 and yes a verry cute neko , i LOLed alot haha .


    April 8, 2011

  • I didn’t get a chance to see them, but I looked at the list and I thought they was pretty cute.


    April 8, 2011

  • I was scared, those beady little eyes looking at me. Actually I knew it was a joke but missed april fools lmao were they sending emails


    April 9, 2011

  • I loved your login pages! They made me smile and made me look forward to the next time I logged in. You should do that all the time!

  • /sighs
    would love to see something new here, an eta on the next preview or beta, even a word or two about future plans would be great, but ….
    14 days and not a word.. not even a murmour?

    please show me something to say my favorite veiwer isn’t dead in the water


    April 15, 2011

  • It was fine. I liked it. And a very cute avie too. πŸ˜€


    April 17, 2011

  • Would love to see more variety with the log-in pages, too. And I love the eyes, too, they are awesome.


    April 18, 2011

  • I Loved it .. in fact we logged on / off a few times to collect them .. πŸ™‚

    To all those who complained “I iz in your panties tie en up in wad” πŸ™‚


    April 21, 2011

  • I think that was absolutely adorable!

    Stacie Gammel

    April 23, 2011

  • IS the phoenix firestorm viewer is also a joke? please tell

    Max le Fou - ButtBadger

    April 30, 2011

  • plzzz we want add more clothes and tattoo in phoenix .. like viewer 2 πŸ™


    June 20, 2011

  • pllllzzzz we want add more clothes .. add more than one tattoo
    in phoenix ,, like in viewer2 :”(


    June 20, 2011

  • Happy April Fools Day
    Use iCallYou App to create ghost phone call to scare my friends…LOL


    April 1, 2014