Slack Complicit in Rickrolling

I came across this many moons ago, not long after I was slapped by the most amazing rickroll ever.

Rickrolling is a prank and an Internet meme involving an unexpected appearance of the music video for the 1987 Rick Astley song “Never Gonna Give You Up”. The meme is a type of bait and switch using a disguised hyperlink. Those led to the music video believing that they were accessing some unrelated material are said to have been rickrolled.

Slack is an instant messaging software, commonly used by IT teams or organisation for collaboration.

I had shared it with friends of mine on slack for a laugh. This led to a few more attempts to rickroll them. It was then that I discovered every YouTube video linked in slack would expand to display an embedded video. Except for a select few all related to Rick Astley’s song. Those clever buggers.

Here it is in action. You can choose to¬†dismiss embedded content by click the little “x” button next to content. I assure you I have not done that here. If you have slack try it for yourself.

And finally I’ll leave you with this little piece of magic.

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