Every year on April 1st, Google and many other websites pull some kind of April Fool’s day prank on the internet. Now, seeing as this is a prank to pull on people online, it’s never as hilarious as rebuilding someone’s car in their bathroom. Most sites opt to change their splash page or print joke articles, that sort of stuff. Google decided to tweak their G-Mail this year with a “Drop the Mic” feature. Your email would send, complete with a GIF of a Minion dropping the mic, and people could not respond to it. Google explained it this way – “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.”
You “dropped the mic” ending the conversation. It’s kind of a “heh” joke at best. Or so it seemed.
While most of North America was still asleep and unaware this was even going to be a prank, it wreaked havoc across Europe. People pressed the button by mistake and ended important email chains with friends, co-workers and potential employers.
At least one person has complained they lost a job over it saying he was a writer and his boss took the email as an insult regarding her editing skills on his work, though let’s be honest, it’d be easy enough for a normal person to explain what happened without crying to the internet about how Google ruined their life.
By 11:50 in the UK, Google had released this statement: “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.”
Unfortunately, there are still a lot of people who don’t think the barely funny joke was funny at all out there, saying colorful things like “Do you f****** think that when it’s April 1st my email is something I f*** around with?”
The truly sad part is that you do get the replies to the emails, they just get sorted differently so you have to actually click “all mail” to find them. Oh Google, looks like you pranked yourselves this year.