Internet Outage Sparks Avalanche of Memes, Jokes as Major Sites Go Down

Hundreds of websites, including Reddit, eBay, Amazon, and Twitch, were down early on Tuesday morning as Fastly, a content delivery network (CDN), experienced an outage.

Internet users, unable to access their favorite sites, then flocked to Twitter, which remained largely unaffected by the crash, to share jokes and memes about the outage.

James Felton said: "Regular internet users heading to Twitter while half the internet is down," and attached a reaction video of a woman looking baffled in a crowd.

Regular internet users heading to Twitter while half the internet is down pic.twitter.com/MGZoRYmRXl

— James Felton (@JimMFelton) June 8, 2021

Twitter user Shivam Chatak said: "Internet is down. Huge web outage going on right now. Reddit is Down. Twitch is Down. Amazon is Down. and many others. It's TIME TO PANIC," and attached a clip from The Office, in which Michael Scott says: "Oh my god! Okay, it's happening. Everybody stay calm!"

Internet is down. huge web outage going on right now.

Reddit is Down
Twitch is Down
Amazon is Down.
and many others.

It’s TIME TO PANIC
pic.twitter.com/Aro2pZwWZK

— SVM (@ShivamChatak) June 8, 2021

Jack Sommers said: "The whole internet going down except Twitter is like cockroaches being the sole survivors of a nuclear explosion"

The whole internet going down except Twitter is like cockroaches being the sole survivors of a nuclear explosion

— Jack Sommers (@jack_sommers) June 8, 2021

James O'Malley said: "Just logging on to the internet, a decentralized network of computers that should theoretically have no single points of failure. Now to take a big swig of water and check out my favorite websites, The Guardian, the New York Times, and Amazon."

Just logging on to the internet, a decentralised network of computers that should theoretically have no single points of failure. Now to take a big swig of water and check out my favourite websites, The Guardian, the New York Times and Amazon.

— James O'Malley (@Psythor) June 8, 2021

Aaron Gillies, under the alias TechnicallyRon, said: "With the internet down people flock to Twitter for their news, which is the equivalent of looking in the fridge for food and not finding any so having to search the [trash] instead."

With the internet down people flock to twitter for their news, which is the equivalent of looking in the fridge for food and not finding any so having to search the bin instead.

— TechnicallyRon (@TechnicallyRon) June 8, 2021

Major websites crashed for nearly an hour this morning, with outage reports coming out of the U.S., Australia, the U.K., and China.

Downdetector received reports of outages affecting websites including Spotify, Facebook, YouTube, eBay, Gmail, and more. News websites including BBC, CNN, The New York Times, and The Guardian also experienced outages.

Google Trends shows that search queries for Error 503 spiked sharply as the websites crashed.

Error 503 means that a service is temporarily unable to handle a request. This could be because the server is overloaded or is down for maintenance, for example.

The outage happened around 6 a.m. ET, but by 6:57 a.m. ET, Fastly said: "The issue has been identified and a fix has been applied. Customers may experience increased origin load as global services return."

Fastly's website says its network has "built-in redundancies and automatic failover routing to ensure optimal performance and uptime."

Many websites that were experiencing outages earlier in the day now appear to be functioning as normal, at the time of writing.

Typing on a laptop
A stock image of a person typing on a laptop. Internet users shared jokes and memes about an outage that impacted major websites earlier today. dusanpetkovic/Getty