Yesterday, I noticed something unexpected in my Gmail. I was intending to send a work-related email. There was the usual blue “Send” button at the bottom of the email, and a bright orange “Send” button that had an image of a microphone on it. What the heck was that?
To test it out, I decided to send an email to my husband, Shawn. I told him I wanted to test out the Mic Drop Gmail thing so I could find out what it did. Seconds after sending him the email, he told me that it arrived with the short message I sent and with a GIF of a Minion that was dropping a microphone.
The “Mic Drop” is a visual way of saying “I have the last word”, or “I won the argument”. I was curious to see if Gmail would allow him to send me a response to that email. He sent the response, but it did not show up in my Gmail. After digging around, I found the email in my “Sent Mail”.
In short, the Mic Drop enabled a person to end an annoying email conversation and to avoid having to see whatever responses the other person decided to send. Brilliant! Shawn and I laughed at Gmail’s little joke, and went on with our day.
Today, I learned that Gmail has already removed the Mic Drop feature. Gmail explained:
Well, it looks like we pranked ourselves this year. Due to a bug, the Mic Drop feature inadvertently caused more headaches than laughs. We’re truly sorry. The feature has been turned off. If you are still seeing it, please reload your Gmail page.
BBC reported that some people used the Mic Drop to send work-related emails. The BBC article mentions a writer who lost their job because they had been using the Mic Drop send button with a client. Another person claims the Mic Drop send button caused them to lose an interview opportunity.