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  1. The Gmail Mic Drop prank this April Fool’s Day is a very timely example of something that’s intended to be delightful ended up being harmful.

    (From Ars Technica: “The now-removed ‘Gmail Mic Drop’ function allowed users to ‘send and mic drop’ an e-mail, which automatically attached a GIF of a minion—yes, those weird yellow characters from Despicable Me—dropping a mic, before muting the conversation and archiving it. “

    Unfortunately this function replaced the “Send and Archive” button, which doesn’t mute conversations. Users who triggered it by accident or muscle memory don’t realize they’ve muted the conversation or sent out the animation. Which could be inappropriate for their situation, say, waiting for a reply when you’re trying to get a job interview. Some claim to have lost current or prospective jobs because of this.)

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  2. Really informative post. Thanks for sharing with us.

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  3. You Sara and Mica rock! Great article.

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  4. Having friends who have written published books I know just how time consuming it can be. This looks like a great read and one I think I will purchase. Any new perspective on the design process is good.

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  5. Thanks for sharing Mica and Sara, great article

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  6. thank you sara and mica for this wonderful post about real life interview

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