Oct. 18, 2012 at 4:32 PM ET
YouTube, the video streaming service which can handle mountains of parody videos, eight million simultaneous viewers during Felix Baumgartner's 24-mile skydive from the stratosphere on Sunday, and even Rick Astley, was sporadically down for some users on Thursday.
Those who couldn't access the video-sharing site were seeing 500 error pages, blank pages, or really slow load times. DownForEveryoneOrJustMe.com suggested that the site was indeed down for many.
When we reached out to Google to see if someone could explain what's going on before the world's productivity levels skyrocketed because we couldn't procrastinate by watching countless music videos, a spokesperson provided this statement:
Some users encountered errors, or a slower than normal experience on YouTube today. Our engineers worked quickly to address the issue and fixed the problem within minutes. We're sorry for any inconvenience this caused our users.
The scene in Mountain View, Calif., must've not been happy. Earlier, an accidental release of Google's quarterly earnings (which fell short of Wall Street expectations) slammed Google stocks. The company's certainly having one heck of a day.
While we waited for official word from Google (and for the return of our beloved YouTube clips of sleepy kittens and makeup tutorials), we'd just stuck with a tweet offered by @PendingLarry, a parody Twitter account launched after Google's securities filing leaked.
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