April Fools is great isn’t it? I love it! HAHAHA APRIL FOOLS! I DON’T ACTUALLY CARE FOR IT HAHAHAHAHA GET IT?! YOU JUST GOT MEGA-PRANKED!
You probably feel pretty stupid right now but don’t worry, it could be worse, you could be one of the people who just lost their jobs at the hands of Google’s April first shenanigans.
So, here’s the down low (I’m cool) – In Australia, when the clock struck midnight and there was not a sound in the house (not even a mouse), some company called Google introduced a feature to Gmail called ‘Mic-drop’. Basically, it’s the same as sending the email you wrote but it also adds a gif of a minion dropping a mic to the end of your email.
In Australia, the company introduced ‘Gmail Mic Drop’, a unique spin on the send button which adds a Minion mic-dropping gif to the end of your email. Not only does it add the insufferable yellow tools the email, but it also ends the thread that you’re part of meaning you won’t get replies.
“Everyone will get your message, but that’s the last you’ll ever hear about it. Yes, even if folks try to respond, you won’t see it,” Gmail wrote in the post announcing the feature.
Sort of a funny idea… sort of. But not when you see that it’s dangerously easy to mix the send and the mic-drop button up. Apparently, later on, there was a bug that made every email sent normally still use the mic drop feature… that’s bad. Especially when you hear the stories of what went wrong for certain people.
WHAT A HARMLESS APRIL FOOL’S JOKE, WHAT COULD GO WRONG pic.twitter.com/Maw8a6VUSA
— Andy Baio (@waxpancake) April 1, 2016
Oh god. Writing to the Gmail help forum, one man had this to say…
“Thanks to Mic Drop I just lost my job. I am a writer and had a deadline to meet. I sent my articles to my boss and never heard back from her. I inadvertently sent the email using the ‘Mic Drop’ send button.There were corrections that needed to be made on my articles and I never received her replies. My boss took offence to the Mic Drop animation and assumed that I didn’t reply to her because I thought her input was petty (hence the Mic Drop). I just woke up to a very angry voicemail from her which is how I found out about this ‘hilarious’ prank.”
On the same forum, Justin Boxill said:
“I just sent off an email with my resume to the first person who wanted to interview me in months. I clicked the wrong button and sent it with the mic drop. Well, I guess I’m not getting that job. Words cannot describe how pissed off I am right now. I’m actually shaking. One click ONE CLICK and I lost the job. Goddamnit. Not funny, google. I’m going to go cry now.”
Google promptly removed the feature after all of the horrible backlash.
“Well, it looks like we pranked ourselves this year. 😟” the company said later in its blog. “Due to a bug, the Mic Drop feature inadvertently caused more headaches than laughs. We’re truly sorry. The feature has been turned off. If you are still seeing it, please reload your Gmail page.”
God. It’s sort of sad. They didn’t mean to ruin lives, guys. LEAVE GOOGLE ALONE. LEAVE THEM ALONNNEE!
Well. That’s the end of the article now. Go away.