Slack Went Down and People Forgot How to Work
Slack, a messaging platform used in many workplaces, went down on Tuesday. It caused panic in many offices, as though aliens had landed and revealed they didn't have peaceful intentions.
In a post, Slack announced the outage was causing widespread service problems that impacted "a majority of customers." It lasted only an hour, but it was plenty of time for Slack to become a trending topic on social media, surpassing larger news stories like former White House strategist and double button-up wearer Steve Bannon stepping down from Breitbart or the release of the Fusion GPS transcript from the Senate Judiciary Committee's inquiry into the "Trump-Russia Dossier."
Thankfully, everyone who forgot how to work without Slack provided entertainment on social media, ensuring that their time without Slack wasn't totally wasted.
Minute 8 of the Slack outage. Coworkers have turned to cannibalism, despite the proclamations of the leader with the conch shell that such behavior was unwarranted. The teeming mass of the damned cried out "GIPHY! GIPHY!" as they tore the lesser among them to shreds. #Slack— Ethan is a dirty Star Wars apologist (@GreenEyedZeke) January 9, 2018
Slack is down so we've resorted to physically passing one piece of hand-drawn Garfield erotica around the office— Super Deluxe (@superdeluxe) January 9, 2018
Slack goes down for 5 minutes n media ppl swear their life is a black mirror episode— helena (@helenadonahue) January 9, 2018
it is actually EMBARRASSING how many times i've tried to use slack to post jokes about slack being down in the last 5 minutes— Jason Emory Parker (@jaspar) January 9, 2018
Slack isn’t down. Everyone just moved into a private channel to talk shit about you.— Sean O'Neal (@seanoneal) January 9, 2018
Since Slack has been down I've learned a new language, folded 1,000 origami cranes, baked three souffles, reconciled with my ex, trimmed my split-ends, devised a personal budget, meditated, and come to peace with my own mortality.— Madeleine Aggeler 💅 (@mmaggeler) January 9, 2018
If you don't spend time in a workplace that uses Slack, this might have been the first time you heard about the platform. There was plenty of confusion among people who don't use it.
It's weird when the first time you hear about something is people saying how the world is over because it is down. What the hell is "Slack?"— Zack Davisson (@ZackDavisson) January 9, 2018
i hope normal people read all the media peoples' "slack's down" tweets and just assume all our pants fell down simultaneously— Jon Bois (@jon_bois) January 9, 2018
Slack was almost down long enough a little introspection. It was almost time to take a good, hard look at whether we might be too dependent on... Oh, look! Slack is back.