Google has reversed one of its April Fools’ Day pranks after it caused a number Gmail users to unwittingly insert GIFs into business emails and other important communications.
The U.S. internet giant is usually celebrated for its creative April Fools gags — some of its others today are funny — but the Big G’s attempt to inject humor into email via a ‘Mic Drop’ button that inserts a Minions GIF in Gmail messages backfired.Jon Russell
You would think Google learned its lesson after forcing Google Buzz into people’s mailboxes, but apparently there’s an unlimited supply of social blunders inside the company.
Changing sent email like that without confirmation is an incredible betrayal of trust. The damage from this prank is just getting started.— Andy Baio (@waxpancake) April 1, 2016
I have stopped paying attention to April Fools jokes from tech companies years ago, but this one from Adobe (published on their very interesting Lightroom channel on YouTube) caught me by surprise and was actually funny: