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How To Deal With The Horribleness Of A Gchat Outage

03/17/2014 02:40 pm ET | Updated Mar 17, 2014
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Gchat is down, but that doesn't mean you need to be.

If your work and social life depends on Gchatting (full disclosure: ours do), maybe you'll appreciate these tips on how to get through The Great Gchat Outage of 2014?

Get up and talk to someone

Human contact! You can do it, we promise. Just stand up, walk over, tap a friend on the shoulder and have a little chat. It's like Gchatting but louder.

(Rating: 5 percent worse than Gchat)

Facebook messenger

It's suddenly cool again.

(Rating: 70 percent worse than Gchat)

Use Google Docs

(Rating: 10 percent worse than Gchat)

Text people

Under your desk, of course.

(Rating: 15 percent worse than Gchat)

Go back to AIM

(Rating: 80 percent worse than Gchat)

Twitter

Just tweet whatever you were planning to text. Or if you're scared you can just DM people, though this is much less fun for everyone.

(Rating: 25 percent worse than Gchat)

Take a break

You deserve it, big kid.

(Rating: 2 percent worse than Gchat)

Campfire

Campfire is a web-based groupchat tool that lets you send files and instant message people. It's cool. But not Gchat cool.

(Rating: 45 percent worse than Gchat)

Panic

To be honest, we think this is what most people are doing. Take this pathetic soul:

(Rating: 90 percent worse than Gchat)

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