— Jeffrey Acevedo (@jeffreyacevedo) October 31, 2017
Popular work group messaging and collaboration service Slack appears to be down for the count, having stopped passing messages for the past 30 minutes.
It seems the majority of confused millennials have turned to Twitter, or simply turned in for the day, due to how deeply embedded the only 4-year-old service has become in our day to day productivity, with this reaction common.
> Slack goes down.
Okay, everyone, time to go home! No one's getting anything done for the rest of the day. ?
— Sean Tilley (@DeadSuperHero) October 31, 2017
Slack’s own status page going down has not been helpful either, not giving any indication of when the problem will be resolved.
— Stanley Goldman (@stan_programmer) October 31, 2017
When it does load the page now reports “Something is not quite right” on a number of fronts.
On twitter Slack Status says:
We are investigating connectivity issues for users as the highest priority. Please bear with us. https://t.co/DHzJMHrLbP
— Slack Status (@SlackStatus) October 31, 2017
So if its 4 PM in your time zone it may be best to wander off, else sit tight and we will update you on any news.
Updated: After many hours some messages are now getting through. Slack Status reports:
The fixes we've rolled out are showing positive results, though we're not there yet. Please hold tight. https://t.co/Snd0PioZjn
— Slack Status (@SlackStatus) November 1, 2017
Update: The issue is now fully resolved, but Slack has not yet published the cause of the downtime but are investigating, saying on their status page:
We’ve been tracking connections to Slack since our changes were deployed and believe that all users should once more be able to access Slack. Thank you for your understanding and patience, we do not take it for granted and will continue to investigate and learn from this outage.
Slack currently has 6 million daily active users, and while this number is small it is thought to represent the future of enterprise collaboration and has been emulated by giants such as Microsoft with its Teams software and Facebook with Facebook for Work. The company was at one time seen as an acquisition target by Microsoft before they eventually decided to build their own instead, and remains in contention as a possible purchase by a number tech giants.