It’s heartening to see that when there is a global crisis, there is a rallying of all souls. It doesn’t matter your gender, race, nationality, religion, or political persuasion. All you need to do is go onto YouTube outage.com to recognize this fact.
Because regardless of our differences and deep divisions, deep down inside everybody needs their social media.
I personally do not own a TV set. A fact I like to brag about from time to time. I love to say to others I don’t own a TV set. As if that makes me a superior being. Except when YouTube is down. I didn’t realize how much I depend on it and how much others do as well.
In the old days if your TV set gave out or if your cable was down, you would have to wait a period of time for them to fix it or wait for the cable guy to come between the hours of 9 AM and 6 PM. We all know how infuriating that was.
But in today’s world of Internet availability, connecting to the world via YouTube is critical to many people.
The other day I was musing about Google. I thought to myself, wouldn’t it be weird if Google broke? If something happened to Google, and the millions of websites would somehow crash. I don’t know if that’s how it really works but that was my little fantasy.
Was it a premonition?
So tonight as I am watching or rather streaming YouTube, it cut off in mid stream with one of those error messages….Bla. bla. Bla….Please try again later. I kept trying it. I even turned my iPad off and on. No luck.
In desperation, I found a YouTube outage page…. yes they do have those….to discover that there has been problems across the globe tonight with YouTube. I don’t ever remember this happening.
I tried watching Netflix, but it’s just not the same…I need my current connections. Current as in electric. I didn’t realize how I really enjoy the up to the moment kind of stuff that’s available on the YouTube. It’s like having your finger on the pulse of world events.
I wondered, is this a Russian hacking thing? Is it the Saudis…I was watching Rachel Maddow and she was talking about the Saudi situation when it happened….when the screen went black…it was really kind of sci fi. Am I being affected by The net neutrality situation? Again, I don’t know how these things work and I don’t have the patience to try to figure it out. All I know is I want my YouTube and I want it now!
But I am really relieved that it’s not just me. It’s not my iPad. It’s not my Internet connection. Do you ever do that, something external happens, and you suddenly think it’s your fault? Like you’re driving down the road, and suddenly you hear a clanking sound. It gets louder and louder. Your heart skips a beat. You think oh, great, now I have to take my fricking car in to be serviced! I hope it doesn’t break down before I get it home!
But then you realize that it’s the car next to yours. That guy has a clunker that’s clanking. Whew, what a relief. Or the cops are running their sirens behind you and you’re sure they are going to pull you over. That’s the kind of fear that triggers a lot of really bad scenarios in your imagination. But then they pass you by.
I’m sure this YouTube thing will get resolved. Who knows, it may make tomorrow’s news. Another interesting distraction. Well, I think I’ll take my walk. Thanks for stopping by and reading this post. Writing it was a nice distraction while the elves work on restoring my YouTube. Enjoy your evening.
HERE ARE SOME INTERESTING SCREENSHOTS OF COMMENTS FROM A YOUTUBE OUTAGE (outrage) PAGE….