Gmail's 'mic drop' pulled as minion GIFs infiltrate work emails [Updated]

Perhaps Google should've seen this one coming. For April Fools Day, that annual celebration of brand desperation, Google's Gmail team debuted the "Mic Drop" feature. A bright orange button next to the regular send button would let you send your message and attach a little GIF of a minion dropping the mic.

Google has issued a bit of a formal apology and bit of an explanation of what they were thinking and how it all went wrong. You can give it a read on the Official Gmail Blog.

Drop the mic in Gmail

Hilarious! Except when you don't see the pop-up warning and accidentally attach whimsical animations to an important work-related email. Gmail's support forum is packed with posts from angry users, including some purporting to have missed out on career opportunities or even lost their job over an inappropriately timed dropping of the mic.

The situation wasn't helped by the Mic Drop button having taken over the spot usually reserved for "Send and Archive" in Gmail's web interface. If you're used to hitting this button, muscle memory could have easily led you astray. When you're talking about a service relied on by hundreds of millions of people, that's a recipe for bad times.

As such, it's now been pulled, leaving "Mic Drop" as yet another cautionary tale for major tech firms on April 1.

Stay safe out there.

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Alex Dobie
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39 Comments
  • When April Fools Day pranks go horribly wrong. Perhaps a pop-up warning would have saved their jobs.
  • Maybe people are also April fooling Google... Posted via the Android Central App
  • Oopppssss... Posted via the Android Central App
  • I guess I shouldn't have sent that email to my boss today.... Oh well I better look for another job tomorrow.
  • Anyone that "accidentally" hit the send and mic drop needs to ask their daddy for help using their mouse. I has no sympathy. I can only assume people really are either trolling Google or idiots.
  • Unless you don't get out much we people really are, unfortunately, that big of idiots. Posted via my HTC One M7
  • They're that stupid. Google Mattel $3m scam some time. Posted via the Android Central App
  • People using Gmail for "professional" work should be fired anyway.
  • Not necessarily true. Gmail for Work (part of the Google for Work portfolio) is no joke. It's implemented in several businesses I know of, and it's not a bad product. In those cases you would be fired if you didn't use Gmail, lol.
  • Take your elitist attitude somewhere else.
  • Research Google docs for business and Gmail for bus. Many top fortune 500s, gov't, state agencies, etc., have converted (like going w office 365)... Posted via the Android Central App
  • @suavehouse @dmlv I know al that. Google for Business/Work comes with an own domain name. I'm pretty sure they did not change the interface in the Google for Business mail app, but only in the free Gmail app. If they did sue them. You pay for the service after all.
  • And then wipped in the streets!
  • Totally agree, I only use AOL email for business / professional communication. It shows I'm current and tech savy. Im using it from the new AOL CD I got in the mail!
  • Hey, do you think I should look into upgrading my firm to your AOL solution from Hotmail? I will to be cutting edge!! Also, will your AOL thing tell you when you have new mail??
  • The film industry uses it a lot for sending resumes to producers. Producers love to save money by any means necessary.
  • Oddly, I never did see that button. I wonder if it's because I have the archive function as turned off as one can. I hate that function so maybe the button was tied into it somehow. Hey, turn on Undo in labs and they could have recalled the message.
  • I don't think people would seriously lose a job over a little gif attached to an email. That has to be part of the gag. Posted via the Android Central App
  • Guys, it's a wind up!
  • Google sure knows usability!
    (That's the joke)
  • I hate this stupid day. Posted via the Android Central App
  • Ditto. I actually avoid news sites and Twitter. It's ridiculous and getting old.
  • And yet here you are. Posted via the Android Central App
  • And yet here you are, see the cycle continues. Posted from my Nexus 6/Nexus 7 2013/Surface Pro 3
  • Thank god all this happened before I really got started for the day. I'm applying for jobs right now and if I had accidentally mic dropped one of them I would be pissed. How could anyone possibly think this was a good idea?! Posted via the Android Central App
  • Give me a break. Go take a chill pill ya mook. Posted via the Android Central App
  • People should pay more attention to what they're doing on the computer rather than just relying only on muscle memory alone. That's what allows viruses and nasty things into your PC if you don't pay attention to anything you're clicking on! Posted via the Android Central App
  • This people have got to pulling a joke on Google - I've seen that pop-up announcing the mic-drop so many times in Gmail since last night I've given up trying to send emails today!!! Maybe this was a social engineering experiment - if people are so used to closing pop-up ads that they do it reflexively then this will get them to think twice about it and start reading the pop-ups before closing them! Next week, Google will double the price it charges for pop-up ads!!!
  • First off, clicked the link to whoever lost their job and read through that whole Google product thread. Not one person said that they lost their job. But really, IT'S A BIG ORANGE BUTTON!!! I sent about 100 emails yesterday between 4 different Gmail accounts and not once did I accidentally hit that button. I agree that it's a stupid prank (they've done so much better over the years), but the outrage is silly. Posted via the Android Central App
  • It's only a ******* job. Sod em Posted via the Android Central App
  • Enough with the nonsense. This isn't Jr high school. No need for something called "mic drop" on email. Seriously! Be Together Not The Same
  • Who would lose their job or a potential job over this? Plus it's a big orange button... Posted via the Android Central App
  • I need a mic drop far more than I need a poop emoji.
    But really, I need both. Posted via the Android Central App
  • It hasn't even been a full day since the thing rolled out. I'm calling b.s. on anyone who says they lost their job over this. I really wish people weren't so stupid. Posted via the Android Central App
  • That's hilarious Posted via the Android Central App
  • The lengths to which some of you will go to defend Google lol. Incredible. It's only been live for half a day? Google's bloatware is installed on every android phone. That was more than enough time for bad things to happen.
  • Wow, the need to compensate for stupid people ruins a great April 1st joke.
  • People lost their jobs over this?!? Yeah right... That is such a lie. Those people are pulling google's leg.
  • I love it Google!!! Keep up the great April fools pranks. Posted via the Android Central App