- HBO Max sent out a random, unexplained email with the subject line “Integration Test Email #1” Thursday night.
- No one who received it had any idea what it meant, leading to hundrds of hilarious questions and jokes on social media.
- More weird news here.
Thursday night between 8:00 and 9:00 p.m. ET, HBO Max sent out a bizarre email with the subject line “Integration Test Email #1” leaving thousands of people confused.
In the body of the email was the sentence “This template is used by integration tests only.”
Naturally, anytime something like this happens on the internet (Covfefe, anyone?) the internet is quick to come together as people quickly jump on social media to ask questions and make jokes. (Mostly make jokes.) Thursday night was no exception as folks on the web had no shortage of possible explanations for and comments about HBO Max’s bizarre email communication.
I hope Integration Test Email gets renewed for a second season #HBOMax— Matt (@Mattvsfood) June 18, 2021
There are two types of people. Those who got the HBO Max integration test email, and mooches.— JT (@jts_tweets) June 18, 2021
solidarity to whomever caused that hbo max integration test email to go out— ashley fisher (@hauntedlatte) June 18, 2021
— Chloe Condon (@ChloeCondon) June 18, 2021
I can’t believe I have to say this but maybe we can wait ONE day after Integration Test Email #1 dropped to start spoiling it???
— Diya Mishra (@thedimishra) June 18, 2021
The HBO Max intern sending out Integration Test Email #1 pic.twitter.com/sqfNR0bDXB— 🍃 (@MadamClinton) June 18, 2021
Even Guardians of the Galaxy director James Gunn got in on the fun.
The official HBOMaxHelp Twitter account has since explained what that the heck was going on with that strange email and yes, it was all an intern’s fault.
“We mistakenly sent out an empty test email to a portion of our HBO Max mailing list this evening,” HBO Max wrote on Twitter.” We apologize for the inconvenience, and as the jokes pile in, yes, it was the intern. No, really. And we’re helping them through it.”
WarnerMedia CEO Jason Kilar then jokingly tweeted out a checklist of things HBO Max has now accomplished, as Warnermedia and Discovery get ready for their impending merger.
Mare of Easttown ☑️
Friends Reunion ☑️
Integration Test Email #1 ☑️
— Jason Kilar (@jasonkilar) June 18, 2021
On the plus side of this email sent in error, besides all of the fantastic jokes it created (seriously, just go on Twitter right now and do a search for “Integration Test Email #1”), at least HBO Max’s email sent in error wasn’t a false missile alert.
People still had questions though.
Cute story, now help us through the following:— 🙊Christer Ericson (@ChristerEricson) June 18, 2021
a) explain how we ended up on your spam email list to begin with (not a subscriber)
b) how we can be removed from the list, and
c) never end up on it again?
Why did I get an email to my primary email address that has never ever used your service though 🤔 who did you buy emails from pic.twitter.com/6mqMVKvQsJ— B (@jurai) June 18, 2021
And jokes. Lot and lots of jokes.
INBOX: Integration Test Email #1, an intriguing new drama from HBO Max pic.twitter.com/EdRxZegQ3a— David Gardner (@byDavidGardner) June 18, 2021
The difference between HBO Go and HBO Max is that HBO Max includes every season Integration Test Email #1— Zack Bornstein (@ZackBornstein) June 18, 2021
Never empathised more with a stranger than with the intern who sent the HBO Max integration test email #1— I Am Devloper (@iamdevloper) June 18, 2021
We’ve all done worse buddy
Waiting for someone to Reply All to Integration Test Email #1… pic.twitter.com/MkWHUWfxFA— Amanda Altstatt (@theREALaltstatt) June 18, 2021
Oh dear God.