Desis found ‘Jugaad’ ways to chat when social media apps were down


People are social creatures; If proof was needed, social media users figured out the mission on Monday after the global outage of Facebook, Whatsapp and Instagram. In recent times, texting has become the main mode of communication: it’s fast and effortless. So when Whatsapp, Facebook Messenger, and Instagram DM were no longer an option during the outage, people came up with innovative solutions to stay in touch. The one who really shone among them was GPay. You read correctly. The online payment platform has always been useful for chat, but so far we have never had to use it. Twitter did it all, families and couples did it. Desis are known for their jugaad, of course, so they came up with even more options. These included the cricinfo comment box and another online payment platform, Paytm. Mail chat also emerged as one of the winning options. Also, had anyone heard of the Truecaller cat before this?

Twitter was inundated with people talking on GPay, so much so that it started to become a trend at some point. Here are a few examples of GPay memes that graced the social media blackout period. From GPay SMS becoming the phenomenon of temporary slippage in DMs, to people saying “love wins”, this is what happened.

One family had this salutary exchange about a father unable to charge his phone and knowing his son too well, in Cricinfo’s comments box. “When WhatsApp is down but you need to communicate with your family. # IPL2021, “the Twitter user wrote on the microblogging platform.

“Relationship Status: Chat on Paytm,” one tweet read. These people exchanged ten rupees back and forth. That’s real love there.

Here are some people chatting by mail. “Insta and WhatsApp down so me and wood chatting through mail,” they wrote.

Facebook along with its Instagram and WhatsApp services came back online in India on Tuesday after a massive and lengthy outage that exacerbated the social network’s problems. Tech giant CEO Mark Zuckerberg apologized for the disruption in services. “Sorry for the disruption today, I know how much you rely on our services to keep in touch with the people who are dear to you,” he said. Facebook’s family of apps essentially “disappeared” from the Internet for several hours after a traffic routing issue left sites inaccessible to users, according to Cloudflare, a website security company.

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