This article is more than 1 year old

It's not you, it's Slack: Chat app falls down – and at such a very convenient moment

Experienced ‘degraded performance’ earlier in the day, now seems to just be TITSUP

Updated Slack is down – in the middle of a pandemic during which millions are working from home and reliant on collaboration tools.

The service noticed something was awry at May 13, 9:53 AM GMT+10 when it posted news that: “Users have reported general performance issues such message sending failures and timeouts. We’re working to get things back to normal as quickly as possible and will provide an update shortly.”

Nine minutes later came a slightly more definitive: “Users are unable to connect to Slack. We are investigating and will provide an update shortly.”

And 20 minutes downstream from that … silence.

The chat platform hasn’t had a great day, earlier reporting “degraded performance.”

Reaction to the outage has been predictable, with the tweet below representative...

All of which leaves The Register trying to re-install Pidgin and remember our Yahoo! Messenger passwords so that we can resume instant-message action, without resorting to Facebook, while pondering how to adapt our infamous TITSUP acronym for the occasion.

Terribly Ill-Timed Slack Unavailability Problem anyone? ®

Updated to add

Minutes after publishing this article, Slack got back on its feet, and you may be able to get through to it, though its status page still says it's down. Your mileage may vary.

More about

More about

More about


Send us news

Other stories you might like