Google tried to play an April Fools’ Day prank on its users, but the only fool left standing by the end was the Internet giant!
Gmail users found a “Mic Drop” option added on to their email service on Friday morning — a new feature from the search experts that allegedly allowed users to respond to email threads with an animated GIF of one of the minions from Despicable Me dropping a microphone.
That feature, according to Google’s not-yet-known prank, was supposed to mute the thread for the sender, leaving many users scared that email threads on which they used the mic drop were deleted and unrecoverable!!
Google initially announced the “Mic Drop” on the company’s official blog (below):
“Today, Gmail is making it easier to have the last word on any email with Mic Drop. Simply reply to any email using the new ‘Send + Mic Drop’ button. 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.”
Sounds kind of funny… we guess… but people REALLY didn’t see the humor in it!
Users took to the company’s help forums to complain that the “childish” GIFs were included in professional, very important emails!
Other users even threatened to leave Gmail for competitor Microsoft‘s Outlook email service — yikes!!
It went so far, in fact, that Google never got the funny April Fools’ Day response they had been hoping for — and they immediately walked back the prank feature!
In an update on the company blog, the tech team wrote:
“Well, it looks like we pranked ourselves this year. 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.”
It’s really not the biggest deal ever as the emails weren’t really lost — but Google definitely messed up with this foolish Fools’ Day prank!
What do U think about the snafu??