Google's 'Mic Drop' Gmail joke was a disaster

Google's 'Mic Drop' Gmail joke was a catastrophe

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Like all jokes on April Fools’ Day, some are acquired higher than others. Pranksters often imply nicely, however there’s all the time somebody that pushes the envelope a bit of too far, upsetting the recipient. Google fell into this lure at this time after launching a brand new “function” for Gmail customers referred to as Mic Drop. It added a secondary “Ship” button to the online interface, which might trade a humorous GIF with all the thread’s members. Extra importantly, it will additionally mute the chain in order that the consumer could not see any comply with-up emails of their inbox. Identical to a basic mic drop, actually.

Many individuals tried Mic Drop by chance, or pressed the button with out figuring out its full results. It brought about a small however vital backlash within the Gmail Assist Discussion board, with quite a few customers asking for a disable choice. One consumer claims to have misplaced their job after utilizing the function to ship draft articles to their boss. The GIF wasn’t appreciated and the consumer by no means acquired their replies, which included essential corrections. Unsurprisingly, this led to a “very indignant voicemail” within the morning.

Google's 'Mic Drop' Gmail joke was a catastrophe

Google has now reacted and pulled the function. In a press release despatched to TechCrunch, a spokesperson stated: “Properly, it seems like we pranked ourselves this yr. Resulting from a bug, the Mic Drop function inadvertently brought about extra complications than laughs. We’re really sorry. The function has been turned off. In case you are nonetheless seeing it, please reload your Gmail web page.” The character of the bug and its impact on Mic Drop stays unclear. Whereas killing the prank was undoubtedly the fitting transfer, for some the injury has already been accomplished. It units a downbeat and cautionary tone for the remainder of April Fools’ Day — particularly when viewing the numerous jokes rigorously crafted by Google.