Google’s annual April Fools’ Day joke was a total disaster. Allegedly, it cost people jobs and interviews.
Did you miss it? Google’s prank for this year was a “Mic Drop” button that would give the user “the last word on any e-mail” by automatically adding a gif of the popular minions.
Well, as it turns out, placing a joke button next to a frequently used button (Send button) resulted in people clicking on the joke one — even by accident. For some Gmail users, they unknowingly added a character from the animated “Minions’’ movies characters dropping a microphone.
People quickly took to the Internet to complain.
One of the users, Abdus Salam, wrote:
“This mic drop is perhaps the most stupid thing you could possibly come up with. I have been interviewing with this company for 3 months now and mistakenly sent the email directly to guess who? The HR! Why would you do that? I so want this job; was due to start on Monday!”.
Google took to its blog after taking down the feature.
“Well, it looks like we pranked ourselves this year,” starts the post, before explaining that “[d]ue to a bug, the Mic Drop feature inadvertently caused more headaches than laughs. We’re truly sorry.”
Why Google went ahead with the catastrophic prank??!!