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Memorable April Fools' Day pranks this year across the web

Google's controversial "MicDrop" prank involving their Gmail service (photo/grahamcluley.com)

April Fools’ Day pranks used to be done by young school kids, but in the recent years, many major companies have started participating in these pranks. These usually involve something that tricks the public into believing a certain thing or something downright silly.

However, because so many companies are participating in these pranks, the public is now more aware than ever. Anything posted on April 1st is now questioned by the public for validity. This definitely sets the bar high for some companies to get our attention.

Searching for anything that looks suspicious, the public did not approve of the prank the  well-known company, Google, decided to pull. According to Fool.com, “the company had added a "drop the mic" button next to the traditional send button in the email program. It allowed people to close down a mail thread by sending a picture of a Minion -- the yellow guys from the Despicable Me movies -- dropping a microphone.”

The prank caused outrage within the Gmail service community. One user on Google’s product forum claimed, “Thanks to MicDrop, I just lost my job.” This was just one comment in a sea of disgruntled users. Google did not intend for this April Fool's Day prank to cause trouble. 

Shortly after hearing the effects of their prank, Google released a public apology and withdrew the button. The company said in a statement, "It looks like we pranked ourselves this year. Due to a bug, the MicDrop feature inadvertently caused more headaches than laughs. We're truly sorry."

While I like that Google owned up to their mistake, I’m going to agree with the public and say that this was a horrible attempt at a prank. I don’t think Google had any thought to how this could possibly go wrong. And it went wrong in many ways. I read in one circumstance that a man was sending a condolence message to a family, but accidently sent them the minion. We can imagine how awkward that turned out to be to explain. Let us be glad that this was the only prank this year that the public hugely disagreed with.  

Fortunately, other companies did not receive the same backlash. A popular video streaming service, Netflix, paired up with actor, John Stamos to pull a humorous prank on the public. The prank included a trailer for a documentary about the actor called Stamos: A Human, Being, and new movie/tv categories on the site. Some of the categories included, “Popular Like John Stamos Was In High School,” “Trending Now Like John Stamos,” “Comedies John Stamos Thinks Are Funny,” and more.

Another memorable prank was YouTube’s Snoopavision, a 360-degree viewing experience with rapper Snoop Dogg. This allowed viewers to watch the rapper react to videos. In a promotional video for the prank, Snoop Dogg said, "Dre has Beats, Jay has Tidal, Kanye has himself and now the world has Snoopavision."

With so many pranks going on throughout the day, the public is no doubt anticipating what will be coming the following year. It will certainly be hard to top.

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