Slack's global outage and how Twitterati reacted

By Debolina Biswas|5th Jan 2021
Used by millions for work, Slack suffered a global outage between 10 AM EST. Services began to resume for some users around 12:20 PM EST.
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Returning to work after the holiday season has never been easy.


As people across the world returned to their work desks on January 4, Monday, with hopes of starting afresh after what was an one-of-a-kind of a year, technology wasn't done with the holiday season yet.

Workplace collaboration and business communication platform Slack was down globally.
Used by millions for work, the platform suffered a global outage between 10 AM EST, and the services began to resume for some users around 12:20 PM EST.

According to Downdetector, a platform that provides real-time overview of issues and outages, shared that around 15,575 users complained about Slack being down at 10 AM EST.


So what do you do when Slack is down? You turn to Twitter.

Like everytime when a global tech company faces outage, this time too, Twitteratis took to the social media platform to react to the situation (and provide us some great humour).


YS Weekender takes a look at some of the witty, and laughable reactions Twitter had to share:


Some cancelled their work days altogether:

Some took a look back to how communication worked before technology advancements:

Some went as far as comparing the global outage with apocalypse:

And of course, there were memes about the newsroom:

Earlier last month, Slack was acquired by software giant Salesforce in a cash-cum-stock deal which was valued at $27.7 billion. Reportedly, it was one of the largest tech deals of 2020.


According to Slack's blog, the platform has more than 10 million active users (in 2019), and the usage surged during the COVID-19 lockdown.


As soon as the COVID-19 pandemic started, people across the globe took to workforce collaborate platforms for a seamless transformation from work at office to remote working. In fact, HR tech startup Springworks founder Kartik Mandaville said during a conversation at TechSparks 2020 that "Slack is the new headquarters."


It was thus obvious that Twitter reacted the way it did when Slack suffered the outage. If there are more comical and laughable tweets, let us know!


Edited by Teja Lele Desai

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