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)
It's suddenly cool again.
(Rating: 70 percent worse than Gchat)
Use Google Docs
PROTIP: Make a Google Doc. Invite friends. Suddenly, Gchat!
— Kate Ray (@kraykray) March 17, 2014
(Rating: 10 percent worse than Gchat)
Under your desk, of course.
(Rating: 15 percent worse than Gchat)
Go back to AIM
Yes, you can still use AIM.
(Rating: 80 percent worse than Gchat)
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 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)
To be honest, we think this is what most people are doing. Take this pathetic soul:
The year is 2014. Gchat goes down, causing widespread panic. Humans roam the streets, munching their entrails to avoid conversation.
— Drew Guarini (@DrewG7) March 17, 2014
(Rating: 90 percent worse than Gchat)