Google is a pretty important company, offering pretty important services to a lot of people. So, messing with core functionality of one of their key services, Gmail, just for an April Fools’ laugh is out of the question, right?
On Friday, Google quickly pulled the Gmail Mic Drop feature, which added a “send and mic drop” button to Gmail, allowing users to add a GIF of a Minion dropping a microphone to their emails.
The problem with Mic Drop is that a lot of people inadvertently added the animated little guy to serious emails (see some particularly nasty examples, below).
This woman sent a prayer request to 50 friends and family. After realizing what she sent: "I was mortified." pic.twitter.com/ObyPMpJ94M
— Andy Baio (@waxpancake) April 1, 2016
Hey @gmail, I think you guys just ruined my chances at getting a job with your mic drop "prank." My fat fingers hit the button.
— Billy B (@irresistibilly) April 1, 2016
Crap. Did you know that @gmail has a "send and drop the mic" button for emails to never hear responses? Yeah I just used it for a job post
— Larry Barnes (@larrydbarnes) April 1, 2016
According to an estimate, roughly 36 to 40 people have lost thier hobd because of the so called “Prank”.
At around 4 IST on Friday, the feature was taken down, less than 12 hours after it was introduced. “Well, it looks like we pranked ourselves this year. Due to a bug, the MicDrop 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,” a spokesman said.
Hope we get to see some unharming stuff from Google in the future.