The days of playing a small prank on a group of friends on April Fools’ Day are gone, in the modern day it is all about big businesses trying to get one over on you – usually hoping to gain some publicity in the process.
But what happens when it all goes horribly wrong? It’s not often you hear about Google getting something wrong, but today is one of those days – and no, this isn’t and April Fool in itself.
Google introduced an April Fools’ button to Gmail, meaning emails would be sent with a GIF of a Minion dropping a microphone. Sounds fun, right? Not for some. Well, many.
Google’s forums soon received a flurry of angry posts from people who use Gmail for their work email addresses. See where this is going? Yep. Plenty of users reported incredibly awkward encounters of the ‘MicDrop’ GIF getting them in a lot of trouble at work. One user even claimed they lost their job as a result. Another said they ended up sending the MicDrop to the HR department of a potential new employer.
Google has since removed the button and says a glitch caused some unexpected issues.
“It looks like we pranked ourselves this year,” it said in a statement.
“Due to a bug, the MicDrop feature inadvertently caused more headaches than laughs. We’re truly sorry.”
Google did add that users were able to use the ‘undo send’ function within a certain time period.
Maybe have a rethink for next year, Google!