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Slack goes down, sending coronavirus home workers into spin

Slack goes down, sending coronavirus home workers into spin


Slack, one of the corporate world's most popular messaging systems, today suffered a global outage.
According to Slack Status, a Twitter account that monitors the instant messaging tool, millions of users could not to connect to Slack.
Users reported problems sending and receiving messages just before 10am AEST.
For some, the outage lasted just over 30 minutes, enough time for Twitter to light up with memes and widespread confusion.
But others continued to experience problems with message failures and timeouts.
"We're still investigating the connectivity issues," the company said via Slack Status. 
With much of the global workforce confined to home during the pandemic, tools like Slack and Zoom have become vital.
Slack's corporate website, slack.com, also went down this morning, showing a 503 Service Unavailable error message.

In March, Slack reported 12.5 million users, with people flocking to use the tool as offices shut down.
Slack is the brainchild of Canadian billionaire Stewart Butterfield, who also co-founded photo-sharing website Flickr.
Butterfield began developing Slack while building online multi-player game, Glitch.
Slack went public last year, and the company's value soared to A$31 billion on opening.

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