Gmail’s April Fools Joke Cost People Their Jobs & General Sanity

What was supposed to be a quirky and hilarious April Fools joke quickly turned into a sh*tstorm only Google can create. Thanks Google!

According to The Daily Beast, Gmail enabled a MicDrop function, a special version of the send button that fired off a GIF of one of those damn minions dropping a microphone at the end of your email when clicked. And here’s the worst part — if someone responded to your email, you wouldn’t have seen it. AKA you would be completely in the dark as to why your boss was pissed off at you because you would never know a thing about that f*cking minion.


Australian Gmail users were the first to be subjected to the bizarre joke, and many accidentally clicked the button in various email correspondences that weren’t appropriate for wandering minions. Andy Baio was one of the first to tweet about the feature, and he was pretty perturbed about the whole thing.

I can't believe how short-sighted Gmail's "Drop Mic" April 1 joke is. It replaces the "Send+Archive" button, and attaches GIFs to sent mail.

— Andy Baio (@waxpancake) April 1, 2016

I clicked it, assuming it was just a cosmetic replacement of the "Send+Archive" button, and it sent that stupid Minions GIF on a work email.

— Andy Baio (@waxpancake) April 1, 2016


— Andy Baio (@waxpancake) April 1, 2016

Gmail April Fools
Gmail April Fools
Gmail April Fools
Gmail April Fools

Wow ok, that got out of hand real quick. Here’s how they hoped the joke would go:

Email’s great, but sometimes you just wanna hit the eject button. Like those heated threads at work, when everyone’s wrong except you (obviously). Or those times when someone’s seeking group approval, but your opinion is the only one that matters (amirite?). Or maybe you just nailed it, and there’s nothing more to say (bam).

Today, Gmail is making it easier to have the last word on any email with Mic Drop. 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.

Gmail Mic Drop_Send
Gmail Mic Drop_Receive

Luckily Google was smart enough to get their sh*t together and call it a day with the GIF. 

UPDATE: 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.

Tell that to the people who lost their jobs, a**holes.

According to The Daily Beast, the company launched at least five other April Fools gags today, including “Google Cardboard Plastic” (a transparent box that you strap to your face to enable “Actual Reality”), “Searchable Socks” (which lets you find your socks with the Google app), and “Google Maps Disco” (which lets you watch Pegman dancing to “Funky Town”). Maybe they can stick to that sort of thing from now on…

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