If you’ve been following the April Fools pranks from Google today, you’ll be familiar with their Send + Mic Drop prank. If not, the prank effectively let you hit a new button in Gmail that let you send a message, at which point Gmail would insert a GiiF of a Minion dropping the mic and then archive the email – problem is, not everyone wants their email archived.
To be fair, the Send + Mic Drop did throw up a pop-up warning when you hit the button warning that the message would be archived – but who reads popup messages? It’s still a potentially harmful action with email a very widely used tool for business and you don’t want important business email threads archived when you’re just trying out a silly prank.
The GMail support forum has been inundated with unhappy Gmail users and with almost a billion Gmail users now active, if you have even 1 percent of those people affected, that’s a lot of unhappy people.
The furore has been noticed by Google who has updated the GMail blog to advise the ‘feature’ has been pulled. Google has said:
It’s a cautionary tale that perhaps messing with email isn’t such a good idea.
There is still a lot of amusing – non-destructive – April Fools Day pranks running from Google as well as other tech companies which we’ve rounded up here.