People Are Sharing Their Worst Zoom Fails, To The Delight Of Everyone Working From Home
They still don't beat potato boss.
For those of us lucky enough to work from home, Zoom has become the new normal.
The video conferencing tool is great for those who want to feel a semblance of a connection with other humans, and still get away with not wearing pants in the morning meeting.
But like with all technology, the best part is when people use it in completely the wrong way.
my boss turned herself into a potato on our Microsoft teams meeting and can’t figure out how to turn the setting off, so she was just stuck like this the entire meeting pic.twitter.com/uHLgJUOsXk
— Rach (@PettyClegg) March 30, 2020
Lizet Ocampo, the department head at an American nonprofit which fights for equal rights and justice, went viral this week after she somehow managed to turn herself into a potato during a meeting.
At this point that’s what I look like in video calls anyway
— nicole farrugia (@hellonicoleee) March 31, 2020
If the boss becomes a potato, does that make them a dictater?
— Time Travel Turtle (@michaelturtle) March 31, 2020
Luckily Lizet has got as much of a sense of humour as the rest of her team, dubbing herself “potato boss” online.
She told Junkee she had downloaded the filter for a virtual happy hour they had planned on Zoom later in the week, but when she logged onto Microsoft Teams on Monday morning she was very confused to find the default filter — the now iconic potato — had switched on.
“We had a great laugh and proceeded with the meeting. Meanwhile I’m trying to figure out what is going on. I turn off the camera a few times. I end up giving up and just finished the rest of the meeting as a potato,” she said.
I yam potato boss. You should see me in a crown, right @billieeilish? I yam glad this is making folks laugh at this time. Please stay planted at home and safe! For more needed laughs, follow my favorite comedian @cristela9 . Potate out. #HASHtag #PotatoBoss https://t.co/OxpidZc921
— LizetOcampo (@mlizetocampo) March 31, 2020
She said while the meeting was supposed to be professional, they do often use humour to lift each others spirits — working in progressive politics in America, they often need it.
“The need for laughs and connection is even higher now with the coronavirus pandemic,” she said.
“It absolutely makes sense that something like this would go viral … many who are privileged to be able to work from home can identify with adjusting to virtual meetings.”
Lizet is not the only one to have a Zoom-related mishap — people have been sharing their own fails, to the delight of many.
These aren’t even the worst — there have been videos circulating of people forgetting they’re on camera and peeing in front of their classmates, or showing off their junk. For their sake as well as yours, we didn’t include those.
omg HELP i was messing around with some zoom add-on and now i have to do a serious business interview and am stuck like… this pic.twitter.com/sakL6m4o9k
— erin griffith (@eringriffith) March 24, 2020
My partner was on a call working from home and I tried to crawl behind her so as not to disturb BUT I DIDNT REALISE YOU COULD SEE THE FLOOR BEHIND HER AND ALL OF HER CO-WORKERS WATCHED ME DRAG MYSELF ALONG THE CARPET
— GRACE (@GraceGarde) March 31, 2020
My mom didn’t realize her video was on during this work zoom call and she was RIPPING CIGS INSIDE. I didn’t even know she smoked. I hate it here pic.twitter.com/zg3GXDgRwn
— lexi (@lexiiistyer) March 27, 2020
Working from Home, Week 2
Wandered into my spouse’s office and accidentally Zoom-bombed a meeting in my underwear to ask if we were having leftovers for lunch.
— Jason Pearl (@jasoninmia) March 28, 2020
video calls with your friends is all fun and games until you join a work call with last night's settings on pic.twitter.com/O67IhK4T8a
— ian (@ianiskool) March 30, 2020
If you’re in the mood to pretend you’re anywhere other than home, people have also been sharing different backgrounds for you to apply while video chatting.
seinfeld zoom background for you pic.twitter.com/E9sYMrgpsr
— Seinfeld Current Day (@Seinfeld2000) April 1, 2020
To your favorite Pixar locations…and beyond! Let the fun begin with these rootin’, tootin’ video call backgrounds! pic.twitter.com/xidQ5thBn4
— Pixar (@Pixar) March 30, 2020
— STARZ (@STARZ) March 30, 2020
Oh, and the potato filter came courtesy of a Snapchat lens for PCs and Macs, which you can access here if you dare.
Thanks Snapchat for the filter! #PotatoBoss
— LizetOcampo (@mlizetocampo) March 31, 2020