Google’s April Fools’ Day joke was supposed to be a mic drop, but ended up as a flop.
On Friday, Google announced “Gmail Mic Drop,” a new option on the send button that attaches to your email a minion from the “Despicable Me” movies dressed in royal garb and dropping a mic. But, the prank backfired the same day when the mic drop made it impossible for email users to see any subsequent replies.
“Today, Gmail is making it easier to have the last word on any email with Mic Drop,” a post on the company’s Official Gmail Blog said of the email feature. “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.”
On Twitter, Gmail users were outraged, especially when, as seen in one example, an animated GIF of the yellow creature punctuated an email about funeral arrangements.
WHAT A HARMLESS APRIL FOOL'S JOKE, WHAT COULD GO WRONG pic.twitter.com/Maw8a6VUSA
— Andy Baio (@waxpancake) April 1, 2016
In the Gmail Help Forum, users responded to the mic drop with confusion and frustration.
“Seriously Google? You mess with peoples’ email like this. I use gmail for my one-man business. I can’t afford for you clowns to mess around with my business,” wrote one user on the forum. “I wish Mic Drop would Drop dead from my gmail page,” another wrote.
Others claimed that the mic drop was destroying their professional rapport.
“So I’ve been going back with a potential employer all week and last night sent a critical follow up email and accidentally clicked ‘Send + Mic Drop.’ Not only am I mortified of the mistake, but this could potentially cost me my dream job,” one user wrote.
Google responded to their mistake on their official blog.
“Well, it looks like we pranked ourselves this year,” the updated post said. “Due to a bug, the Mic Drop feature inadvertently caused more headaches than laughs. We’re truly sorry.”
The company said the feature was turned off to avoid more headaches for Gmail users.