Mike Becky

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Google Reverses ‘Mic Drop’ April Fools’ Day Prank ➝

Jon Russell, writing for TechCrunch, about Google’s “hilarious” Gmail prank which inserted an animated GIF of a Minion dropping a microphone into emails:

Sounds fun in theory, sure, but when your email service has more than one billion active users, many of whom rely on it for business and professional communication, then things can get a little dicey. (Importantly, the feature does not appear to be enabled for Google Apps customers who pay to use Google’s business suite, which includes corporate email, but others who use the regular service did have it.)

Then, the button placement was problematic. Google substituted “send and archive” — which many people use habitually and click on without a second thought — for ‘MicDrop,’ making it a recipe for disaster for many.

I hope Google has finally learned their lesson and ends this insanity once and for all.

Digital Sabbatical Day ➝

Patrick Rhone writing on his weblog:

Because, well, it is already pretty difficult to sift the meaning from the noise from the constant connection. It is even more so when you have to question almost everything you see on it for a day. Life is short. There are better things to do. Ignore it today. It’ll still be here (and, hopefully, back to normal) tomorrow.

This is the best thing I’ve read all day. I’ve always hated the internet on April Fool’s Day and tend to avoid it at all costs.

It’s April Fools’ Day, Stay Away From Forums and Ignore Twitter

Today is the day that internet lovers either hate or love. I haven’t done any formal polling but my insticts tell me that most people laugh at the first April Fools joke they see and then hate everything they see afterwards.

Every year on April 1 there are thousands of popular website that attempt to make their users laugh, but there aren’t as many lols as there are ANGRY CAPS -LOCKED COMMENTS WITH TOO MANY EXCLAMATION MARKS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

I’m sure many of you readers have already figured this out, so this post is directed towards the countless websites that don’t get it yet. But before you regular people quit reading, don’t Twitter about fake stories or jokes, stop giving these guys attention for annoying their users.

You probably aren’t funny, so you probably shouldn’t attempt to be. This especially goes to websites that have a very diverse audience. You might be able to get away with it if you have an incredibly niche audience who will get the joke, but don’t take that chance. You are only upsetting and frustrating many of your users. And for God’s sake don’t do that thing where you report on something as if it is a news story, when it is obviously an April Fools joke, because every single person who reads it has to take about 20 seconds out of their life to second guess the validity of the story.

Let’s all hope that there isn’t any actual news released today. Companies, if you planned on releasing anything today or announcing anything today, do everyone a favor and wait until tomorrow, it isn’t worth the hassle trying to explain to people that the news is actually real.

For the internet, April 1 is the wild west, nothing can happen today without everyone either ignoring it or calling it fake. And, yes, I know that every other day is like that too, but April 1 is worse… much worse.

Now, let me be clear, I understand that to a lot of you April 1 is the day that everyone can have fun and joke around. But, if you finish this learning only one thing I hope is that you shouldn’t publish April Fools jokes on respected websites, it’s just wrong.