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What happened to YouTube?

Asked by sferik (6074 points ) November 25th, 2007

When I try to access any page on YouTube I get the HTTP Status Code “503 Service Unavailable”. I’m able to access all other websites. Can someone else confirm the problem? Does anyone know what happened?

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sferik's avatar

It seems to be back up now. The outage lasted at least 5 minutes. I’d still like to know if anyone has an explanation. This clearly wasn’t scheduled downtime.

mirza's avatar

the videos are taking too long to load for me right now

klaas4's avatar

LOL :-)

What happened to YouTube?! Oh no!!! The world is standing still!
I NEED MA’ YOUTUBE!!!

Don’t mind me. :-)

SquirrelEStuff's avatar

i think its an over abundance of Ron Paul supporters trying to look at his videos.

mirza's avatar

question : why do you guys use youtube so much ?
i mean there are better sites with more quality content. For example if u want to see creative videos and videos made by actual users, you have vimeo.com (which also supports HD). If you want really good quality of videos, you have stage6.com . The only reason i use youtube is to watch copyrighted content like music videos and interview which should not be allowed onto youtube on the first place.

sferik's avatar

This sounds like a wholly new Fluther question…but I was attempting to watch these videos, which—as far as I know—aren’t on any other video sharing site. There’s plenty of other content that’s only-on-YouTube.

mirza's avatar

@sferik: actually it’s on google video
just to add to my argument above, google video has more documentaries and educational content than any other video sharing site

sferik's avatar

I use Google Video sometimes but—given the choice between the two—I prefer YouTube. YouTube has a better full-screen mode and supports queueing.

Mangus's avatar

Maybe the explanation is more cultural…youtube is the most commonly shared referent for online video. Picking it is less about assessing the available tools (as mirza is doing) and more about using the thing everyone else is using—not to be following the crowd as much as being able to share the same cultural referents.

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