Google disables April fools’ joke amid user fury after prank backfires

Google’s April Fools’ Day prank has backfired, leaving the company looking the fool and a number of concerned users fearing for their jobs — or worse.

As 1 April began in Australia, the company announced its latest stunt: “Gmail Mic Drop”, a special version of the send button which appends a gif of a minion (one of the sexless, ageless merchandising icons from the Despicable Me series) dressed as the queen dropping a microphone to the end of your email.

“Everyone will get your message, but that’s the last you’ll ever hear about it,” Google added in a blogpost announcing the feature. “Yes, even if folks try to respond, you won’t see it.”

What could go wrong…?

I think the whole April Fool’s joke thing has gotten out of hand.

Source: Google disables April fools’ joke amid user fury after prank backfires | Technology | The Guardian

4 thoughts on “Google disables April fools’ joke amid user fury after prank backfires

  1. I detest April Fools Day with a passion. I also think it very unprofessional for corporations to engage in this sort of activity. People can call me humorless but, after being on the receiving of some cruel pranks on April 1st, I think I’m allowed to hold this opinion.

    • Indeed. Yet Google initially announced Gmail on April 1, and everyone thought it was a joke, and it changed the way people use email. But I think serious companies shouldn’t use pranks that are too believable.

  2. I detest April Fools Day with a passion. I also think it very unprofessional for corporations to engage in this sort of activity. People can call me humorless but, after being on the receiving of some cruel pranks on April 1st, I think I’m allowed to hold this opinion.

    • Indeed. Yet Google initially announced Gmail on April 1, and everyone thought it was a joke, and it changed the way people use email. But I think serious companies shouldn’t use pranks that are too believable.

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