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Gmail Shelfies (shareable selfies) continue April Fools' jokes

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Selfies are great, particularly yours. But wouldn't they be better if they could be used as your and your loved ones' Gmail inbox background pictures?

That's what Google thinks.

To lead into one of its jokes for April Fools' Day 2014, Google is jumping on the selfie bandwagon by letting users upload their self-portraits to use as Gmail inbox themes.

The company is also letting users share these themes with one another. They're shareable selfies, or as Google likes to call them, "Shelfies."

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And as a joke, Google is taking credit for starting the whole selfie trend.

"As the pioneering platform for selfies, Gmail is committed to being at the forefront of innovation in the selfie space," the company says in a satirical blog post. "And we think it's a tragedy that your handsome hair, luscious lashes and beautiful brows have been trapped in your own inbox. Until now, that is."

Users can choose to upload their own shelfie themes, send them to their friends or use the top trending shelfies.

Earlier Monday, Google announced the Pokemon Challenge April Fools' Day gag, letting Google Maps users go around the navigation app catching creatures from the popular cartoon show. 

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