Angry users dropped the mic at Google yesterday when what was supposed to be an innocent April Fools’ ruse ruined friendships and even ended up costing the jobs of some people.
Google was really inspired with some of it pranks. The “Google Cardboard Plastic” was one of the most inspired videos in a while, so was the “missing socks app”. Which Australians still think Google should spend some time developing.
But there was one prank that was not received well by the public. Angry users dropped the mic at Google yesterday because the GIF + mute option was not a good idea.
Most companies use .gmail e-mail addresses as default. So the percentage of business or official e-mails is high. Unfortunately, April 1st was on a Friday, a work day.
The mic dropping chaos started early during the day after sleepy Gmail users started sending important e-mails and pressing the wrong button in the process.
Why the wrong button? Because in honor of April Fools’, Google decided to replace the “Send + Archive” button next to “Send” with “Send + Drop the Mic.” The problem with the concept was that once people pressed the button, there was no turning back from the consequences.
The e-mail was sent as the sender wrote it, but with a catch. The signature was accompanied by a GIF of a minion dressed in a royal manner dropping the mic in front of what seemed like a big audience. To add insult to injury, none of the replies that the sender received were shown in the inbox.
In just a few hours, the internet was filled with angry Gmail users that were blaming the company for the chaos that the feature ensued. While it is true that the Gmail users received a notification that explained the great power that came with the button for a day, most of them just closed the pop-up, eager to carry on finishing their workload and enjoying the weekend.
Little did they know that that the window they chose to ignore contained words of wisdom and a “Beware” notification. But Google should have thought about asking or permission before going around and changing the purpose of the default buttons.
In just a few hours after the prank system was implemented, angry users dropped the mic at Google, and the company was forced to remove the feature and apologize for all of the inconvenience it created.
Maybe the fact that the story went viral will help the unlucky souls get their job, or friendships back.
GIF source: Imgur