Writer Fired After Google April Fools Prank Gone Wrong
This year, April Fools didn’t go as well as Google would have liked.Advertisement
The tech company removed the feature it introduced in Gmail on this year’s April Fools’ day – one that allowed users to send emails. Called the “Mic Drop,” the prank involved a new button that did not show the responses. Introducing the prank, Google explained the feature in a blog post, “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.”
The prank involved ending the email by attaching a gif showing an angry minion dropping a microphone and shutting the conversation, CNN reported. While users had a choice not to opt for the feature, some clicked on the new button accidentally.
Some of the users are now saying that they accidentally clicked the new button while sending out professional and official emails. One of the complaints on Google’s product forum reads, “This is horrible — just sent an email to a client with this stupid icon on it. I can’t afford these stupid pranks!”
As reported by Reuters, Allan Pashby, A Gmail user and writer, said he is now unemployed after using the new feature. “There were corrections that needed to be made on my articles and I never received her replies,” he wrote on Google’s help forum.
“My boss took offense to the Mic Drop animation and assumed that I didn’t reply to her because I thought her input was petty.” Another user shared their experience, saying, “I hit this thing by accident in a professional email sending a contract. This is ridiculous and not funny at all. Remove it please!!!”
However, there were also a few who appreciated the prank. One of these was Dean Johnson (@activrightbrain), who tweeted, “Gmail button #AprilFools backfire? If your boss doesn’t like @Minions, you probably shouldn’t be working there. They have no soul.”