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Google April Fool Immediately Backfires

Google rolled out an April Fools Day feature for Gmail called “Gmail Mic Drop” that appended a .gif featuring a Minion (from the movie Despicable Me) dropping a microphone to email messages. The problem was the the button that appended the .gif was right next to the normal “send” button, in the space that normally has a “send and archive” button. So people used it as part of their normal routine without realizing what they’d done. As April first dawned in Australia, the problems began. The humorous .gif was accidentally appended to business correspondence, leading to at least one person reporting losing their job. Many other complaints poured into Google and social media. Google has since removed the “Gmail Mic Drop” feature from their email service. -via Digg

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