The first week of January, remote teams all around the world suffered when Slack had a temporary outage. In case you don’t know, Slack is an online service that lets coworkers and teams collaborate. I’ve used it before to discuss topics for stories with magazine editors. If you’re an introvert, you really appreciate Slack. It kind of cuts out the whole phone conversation piece that introverts despise.
What Did Introverts Do When Slack Broke?
As you can imagine, some people wanted to hide in a shell when their beloved Slack suffered its outage. But, the result was pretty hilarious. Especially if you’re an introvert, too, and can appreciate where they’re coming from. After all, no Slack means that these people probably had to hop on a phone or Skype call instead. Oh, the horror! By the way, I’m not making fun because I’d be right along there with them.
Slack Users Took to Twitter to Share Their Frustrations
Twitter is one of the best places to look when something goes wrong. You’ll always find a funny hashtag that will at least make a tragedy somewhat entertaining. That’s exactly what happened during the Slack outage. Introverted Slack users made their pain known to others through hilarious tweets:
Perhaps the funniest ode to the introverts:
— DoSomething.org (@dosomething) January 9, 2018
It’s as if people literally didn’t know what to do with themselves during the outage:
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
Of course, tech companies who rely on everything digital really had a tough time without their beloved slack:
— elise graham 💁🏼 (@elisegraham) January 9, 2018
And then there are people like this. Some people obviously just wanted to Slack off with no Slack around:
when you hear the slack notification pop up and know the outage is over pic.twitter.com/nJzwY3SgYI
— Jackie Wang (@jcqlnwng) January 9, 2018
And, let’s not forget about the extroverts who crave some interaction, even in digital form. For remote workers who had no one around to talk to without Slack, they had to find a friend:
Minute 15: Still no Slack, getting restless. I met a friend named Wilson, here to guide me through this journey. pic.twitter.com/TnqrbkYZ64
— Parker Molloy (@ParkerMolloy) January 9, 2018