back to article Google tried to be funny, cocked it up, everyone thought it was a bug

In an attempt to meet its perceived reputation of rolling out interesting and creative April Fool's day pranks, Google has pulled a feature added to Gmail this year after it quickly backfired. The Chocolate Factory rapidly pulled the “Mic Drop” feature it rolled out to Gmail in the early hours of 1 April after it caused “more …

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What a useful feature.

Please could we have this implemented properly after April 1st !!!

*wheres my Mic drop icon ?

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Re: What a useful feature.

In a business email environment an "auto-delete all future responses to this thread" would be very useful. It could nip in the bud all those spam inducing emails that say "well done" or "welcome a new member to the team". Or the very worst email of all "I'm taking a holiday doing what I enjoy and now I expect you to donate to my favourite charidee" and the 97 follow ups of "everyone look at me, I have donated."

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Re: What a useful feature.

Outlook has a little-known "ignore" function that pretty much does this

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What a useful day.

Has this one become. Eagerly awaiting for the next.

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Re: What a useful feature.

"Welcome to the team" is small potatoes. At my place of work, the real winners are when someone sends a "Please remove me from this distribution list". To the entire list, and it's untold thousands of members. Then half of them reply, to the entire list, of course, "Please don't reply to the list" or "Remove me too!". That in turn generates a second wave of replies, and so on.

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And don't forget the No-Reply-All add-on. One of my faves.

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Epic fail

That's less funny than Windows 10 telemetry!

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Prior Art IP

These guys have been dropping the mic for years

Psyche

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Re: Prior Art IP

Here's a better quality version.

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I don't think the quality of the video is the problem here....

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Google is too corporate and creepy to be funny anymore.

The same vibe you get watching 'The internship'.

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Google is too corporate and creepy to be funny anymore.

The same vibe you get watching 'The internship'.

Well, it is a natural result of their attitude towards non-paying users (they didn't dare do this to the paying customers), a total and utter lack of respect for their lives. I'm positive they won't be "feeling lucky" so much now.

It's also a logical progression of READING your email: starting to WRITE some of it. BTW, these are the same clowns that write the software for the self driving car, just in case you have managed to forget that.

Will there be consequences? Oh yes, for the users who got f*cked over by this "funny" idea, examples aplenty. Not for Google, of course.

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Well, it is a natural result of their attitude towards non-paying users (they didn't dare do this to the paying customers), a total and utter lack of respect for their lives.

If the service is so poor to non-paying users, why don't the non-paying users take their lives elsewhere to consume a different free service?

I shouldn't be surprised anymore, but it is galling to me how much people will complain about something that's FREE.

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Apparently, someone takes Google "very seriously" as rumor has it that a few Oompa Loompas lost their jobs over this. If it's true, I'd be willing to bet it wasn't anyone manglement.

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If the service is so poor to non-paying users, why don't the non-paying users take their lives elsewhere to consume a different free service?

Because until now, Google had at least the decency to only READ the email, not to add things to it.

BTW, don't mistake my critical comments for that of an upset user - I actually READ Terms & Conditions, and has as such always avoided getting any Google service that would require me to agree to such terms. I also did a check on that misleadingly blank front page of their search engine - the printout of the analytical, user details sucking source code hiding behind it runs to THIRTY FIVE pages of A4, and that's printing reduced size..

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Yet another reason not to trust someone else to supply your mail client......

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Huh? We should all write our own clients?

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Iron 'Maden'?

Hillary Servers?

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And only run them on hardware which is 100% free, naturally.

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I am angry

On this April Fools day I hoped to find some truly wonderful jokes and what have you floating around on the internet (I *really* need cheering up...). Instead what did I find? This! A glowing testament to just how stupid some people actually are. To every single person who claims that this button ruined their life, I hope you spend the rest of your time on this planet with a permanent, 12 pints of Guinness and 3 double shots of whisky all drank in three hours sized, hangover. It is the least you deserve for depriving those of us with (1) working eyes (2) hand eye co-ordination and (3) and sense of bloody humour a great April Fools day joke. Morons.

P.S. I do not have a hangover.

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It sometimes sent this even if you used the normal send button. Probably brought to you by the same people who did Android's UI.

Myself, I think I'll stick with Thunderbird and K9 Mail.

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12 pints of Guinness and 3 double shots of whisky all drank in three hours sized, hangover

Fail, where's the hangover. Slightly extended Friday lunchbreak I agree, but hangover from that tipple?

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Exactly what I was thinking! Have an upvote :)

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@Mr Bloggs

I suppose for big nosed alcoholics like yourself that's just a starter but my belly isn't big enough to even fit that in and my head certainly wouldn't cope without exploding

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You get a hangover from Guinness, seriously? I've found it does that (to me) far far less than the ales & lagers out there.

Maybe it's just that marketing has sold me on the "purity" thing.

(Joke alert icon sorely lacking on mobile)

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SaaS

So they want to be a trusted SaaS provider while occasionally putting buggy joke features in? Sounds perfect for corporate environments.

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Ah no, the paying customers were spared this "amusement", probably because payment begets better Terms & Conditions which would have allowed them to sue the idiots for a painful amount of money and produce an even more painful amount of unfriendly "we DO harm" type publicity.

It demonstrates with clarity what Google thinks of its non-paying customers, and it's not anything positive.

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MIssing the Point?

Even if this hadn't backfired, where's the April Fool prank? Surely the whole point of April Fools is FOOLING people into believing something that isn't true... how does this even meet that criteria since they actually did it?

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Re: MIssing the Point?

Sorry to be a pedant, but "criteria" is plural. You meant "criterium".

-A.

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Re: MIssing the Point?

Or more likely, "criterion."

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Re: MIssing the Point?

Whoooshhhh!

-A.

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Re: MIssing the Point?

Criterion?

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Re: MIssing the Point?

I used to drive a Criterium. Then something went wrong and it wouldn't start, seemed to be missing something.

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Diskette?

Disquette? One of those %$&# floppy things! Who cares, anyway.

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"Criterion?"

A little known Japanese Anime from the fifties, wasn't it?

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Probably a set of points.

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You may have dropped the mic but I bet it was still recording.

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Especially the black hole where the replies go.

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Google is not having a good year. :)

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No, no, Goodyear makes tyres. Do keep up.

:)

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They can weep into their big bag of money.

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Goodyear makes tyres.

Yet they were offended and refused to recycle perfectly good materials when I sent them 365 used condoms.

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Yet they were offended and refused to recycle perfectly good materials when I sent them 365 used condoms.

That was just jealousy..

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<sigh>

Would be more mortified about somebody I know sending me prayers than receiving an embedded gif of a minion

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You say that, but people who habitually send + archive through muscle memory appear to have had a rather poor day. Seen reports of one person who responded to a request for a job interview acci-clicking the mic drop (previously send and archive) button, and one from a funeral director to a client who had just had a bereavement, too, earlier in the twitter chain thing (there's a link to the product forums with more)

I'd imagine whatever 'zany' wonk came up with this idea isn't terribly experienced in how users work.

Or that adding 'hilarious' features to core functionality of a platform that is expected to work day in, day out by business and private users alike probably isn't the finest of ideas.

Steven R

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> and one from a funeral director to a client who had just had a bereavement

That was a made-up example by the twitter poster, not a real example. He even clarified it later in the thread:

>> I thought it was super apparent, but just in case—I made this GIF as a cautionary tale/worst-case example. Not real.

> Or that adding 'hilarious' features to core functionality of a platform that is expected to work day in, day out by business and private users alike probably isn't the finest of ideas.

Google do things like this fairly often, but this one is particularly suspect as it has some pretty big non-cosmetic effects and has replaced an existing button rather than adding a new one. If, as reported, it also affected users that did not press the "drop the mic" button, it was terrible.

For what it's worth, Google Apps accounts for businesses (i.e. paying customers) did not have this feature added.

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Gah, well, that's what I get for scrolling up the thread, and not too far down.

Still, quite a few other examples of it causing problems, and yeah, I saw reports of it going on just plain 'send', not just 'send and mic drop' emails too.

Cheers for clarifying. Upvote :-)

Steven R

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Google april fools fail

Their last april fools fail was when they offered the 100-year old mode in Youtube, which rendered a video in sepia tones, with a jaunty piano soundtrack.

Amusing enough when the video was lighthearted, you can imagine how disrespectful it looked when a tragic or otherwise sad video was used as the source.

The filter was soon withdrawn, though there are still some "Internet of 1911" videos that they left on, things like keyboard cat etc. popular memes at the time...

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What do you mean buggy?

I programmed that for them and it does exactly what I hoped it would do.

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