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Google 'Mic Drop' April Fools Joke Falls Flat With Gmailers

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By    |   Friday, 01 Apr 2016 12:04 PM

Google's “Mic Drop” April Fools' prank backfired, and the tech giant removed the joke after rankling users of its Gmail service.

The prank was a button that automatically added an animated image of a “Minions” character dropping a microphone, “making it easier to have the last word on any email,” Google’s official Gmail Blog noted, adding that even if someone tried to respond to a Mic Drop message, the user wouldn’t see it.

The joke “Send + Mic Drop” button was positioned next to the regular “Send” button.

Some users inadvertently included the image in serious emails, and the joke “allegedly cost people jobs, interviews, and possibly friendships,” said the Boston Globe.

One user complained on a company forum that the feature cost him a job.

“This mic drop is perhaps the most stupid thing you could possibly come up with. I have been interviewing with this company for 3 months now and mistakenly sent the email directly to guess who? The HR! Why would you do that? I so want this job; was due to start on Monday!” user Abdus Salam wrote.

Another user wrote that he lost a job and got a “very angry voicemail” from an editor after inadvertently sending the Mic Drop along with articles he submitted to the editor.

“There were corrections that needed to be made on my articles and I never received her replies,” Allan Pahsby wrote. “My boss took offense 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).”

Some users ended up inadvertently sending the “Mic Drop” gif even when clicking the regular “Send” button, Mashable reported.

Google apologized for the prank on its blog.

“Well, it looks like we pranked ourselves this year,” the blog noted. “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.”

Twitter users had mixed reaction to the Mic Drop prank.


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