Google has removed an April Fool’s Gmail button, which sent a comical animation to recipients, after reports of people getting into trouble at work.
The button appeared beside Gmail’s normal send button and allowed users to shut down an email thread by sending a gif of a Minion dropping a microphone.
This was news to me because I don’t use the web version of Gmail. For those of you who do, I would think twice about it. I used to be a huge fan of web Gmail but those days are long gone. Now it’s back to Mail on the Mac, Outlook on IOS and I even use Roundcube which is open source Email software I run off my server. That last option is just for the techies out there but open sourced is the way to go.
For security reasons, always remember that Gmail is free. It isn’t a public service. It’s privately owned software subject to the impulses of some spoiled software designers at Google and they can hack it up, change it and even discontinue the service as they see fit. Use it at your own risk.