Yesterday the Internet discovered how dependent we are on YouTube for content consumption.
The mega-popular video site went offline Tuesday night for users around the world. Visitors to the YouTube homepage were greeted by a half-loading page that showed the subscribed channels, but no videos.
Clicking on any channels resulted in users being greeted by a picture of a monkey holding a hammer and the text "500 Internal Server error." A message read: "Sorry, something went wrong. A team of highly trained monkeys has been dispatched to deal with this situation. If you see them, send them this information as text (screenshots frighten them)" followed by a long string of code.
In an update posted to Twitter, YouTube said it was aware of the issue, though didn't provide details on when service would be restored or what caused the outage.
Roughly an hour after the site first went down YouTube returned to Twitter to say that all was back up and running.
Needless to say, the internet was not prepared to deal with this. Users flocked to Twitter with #YouTubeDown quickly rising to the number five spot on site's Trending Topics list in the United States, and the top Trending Topic on Twitter's worldwide list of trends.
After my flight home all I wanted to do was relax and catch up on my content but I couldn’t do it. I literally just laid in the dark. And did laundry. I could have turned on the TV, read a book, done anything else, but no. And all was OK.