A person holding a phone with the Slack app displayed on it. Slack is down for users on Monday morning, which has sparked a flurry of memes and jokes.

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Slack brings major 2020 energy to 2021 by crashing on first day of work

'This seems like a sign for how 2021 is going to go...'


Andrew Wyrich


Posted on Jan 4, 2021

Slack, the popular workplace messaging app, kicked off 2021 by experiencing a massive outage—resulting in a number of jokes and memes from people who saw it as an omen for the upcoming new year.

As of Monday morning, Slack confirmed that users “may have trouble connecting or using Slack,” noting on its status page that functions as basic as sending or receiving messages and getting notifications are part of the outage.

As of 10:20am CT, the company said it was “continuing to investigate connection issues” and that “all hands are on deck on our end to further investigate.”

Since the app is wildly popular for businesses and companies, that left people with not much else to do—other than joke about it.

Given that Monday is the first day back for many people who took off from work around the holidays, the jokes tended to skew toward the outage being an omen for what was to come in 2021 after the horror show that was 2020.

“First day back to work in the new year and Slack is down. This seems like a sign for how 2021 is going to go…,” one Twitter user wrote.


Other people were more optimistic, thinking that the outage was a good omen for the upcoming year.

“Slack being down on the morning we all return to work feels like 2021 promising it will be a bit kinder to us all,” one person on Twitter wrote.

Slack is updating users on the status of the outage fairly regularly. But in the meantime, there’s nothing to do but make memes.

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*First Published: Jan 4, 2021, 11:05 am CST