April Fools’ has been around for a very long time, and it doesn’t really look like it will be leaving any time soon. So of course, most businesses that want to show that they can have fun usually like to partake in some of this April Fools’ chaos. Sometimes it can be perfectly done, with the jokesters being appreciated for their pranks, while other times it can turn out to be simply inappropriate.
Usually on their top game around this time of the year, Google royally messed up their April Fools’ prank, even reportedly causing a few firings. The company quickly took down the prank and apologized, but some offended parties say that it’s too little and too late.
While the company is known to usually have pretty original and funny April 1st pranks, since they’ve been doing it for over a decade, this year was a total flop. It might even have financial consequences for the company, as several people sent angry messages to Google saying that the prank cost them their jobs.
So what does this scandalous prank actually revolve around? Well, it’s Gmail that is at the heart of it once again – more specifically the “send and archive” button. And oh boy, did it backfire in a spectacular manner!
For those of you who use Gmail (probably most of you), you probably know that to the right of the ‘Send’ button there’s a second button titled ‘Send and archive’. Well, for their yearly April Fools’ festivities, Google decided to turn that into a ‘Send and mike drop’ button. So instead of archiving an e-mail chain, the button would send a .gif from the Minions movie and ignore all subsequent replies from that e-mail chain.
Understandably, people who use the feature on a daily basis have their muscle memory programmed to click that, so they’d reply with a mike drop to official email and then stop receiving any replies. After receiving hundreds of angry emails, some requiring financial compensation for getting in trouble after accidentally ignoring important e-mails, Google quickly removed the feature and apologized.
Of course, nothing is yet known about the fate of the unfortunate clickers that were profoundly unprofessional with their superiors thanks to Google’s April Fools’ prank, but if we’re to trust the public coverage of previous Google scandals, we can be pretty sure that amends will be made.
Meanwhile, we can just sit here and hope that by next year Google will come with the same great prank ideas they used to have around a decade ago, like when they announced Gmail and working on a lunar space station at the same time.
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