With many of us relying on YouTube to upload or view our favorite videos, its outage must have taken many people by storm. Yes, that’s correct. Thursday was not a good day for YouTube users. The online video streaming platform was down for about an hour or so, completely across the world. It is obvious that people could not upload or view videos during the platform’s downtime.
Around 7:23 PM ET, YouTube did confirm that something was amiss. A tweet popped up from the YouTube account containing the following message:
“If you’re having trouble watching videos on YouTube right now, you’re not alone – our team is aware of the issue and working on a fix. We’ll follow up here with any updates.”Source
Unlike the YouTube video platform, many other elements within the YouTube sector, like YouTube TV and the Google Play Movies and TV, were experiencing an outage. People could not view anything in these areas either.
During the initial phase of the outage, the YouTube website was getting loaded. However, when people wished to view a video, it would show the loading symbol on and on for an eternity. A few lucky ones could get to view the video after about a minute or two. However, the videos were not playing smoothly.
At about 8:00 PM ET, people could witness error screens popping in front of them whenever they tried viewing a video. The error message was something of this sort: “An error occurred. Please try again later.” This message was displayed along with a Playback ID.
Things seemed to be working pretty much, ok, around 8:30 PM ET. YouTube website could play videos quite smoothly like they used to play before the outage. However, a few users could still experience some issues and witness a few error messages when they tried to view YouTube videos on their smartphones. The error messages, however, disappeared when the entire page got refreshed. For some other phone users, YouTube began normal functioning once the application was forcefully stopped and opened again.
Around 9:13 PM ET, YouTube finally gave a green signal stating all is working well now. The team also went on to thank the users for their patience and apologize for the inconvenience.
On inspecting the DownDetector, it was revealed that a large number of people were facing problems with YouTube. The DownDetector graph seemed to hit a peak, with approximately 280,000 users reporting about the platform’s issue. And these were issues which people faced in an hour or even less.
Twitter, too, was flooded with tweets from people stating that YouTube is facing a downtime. It was also observed that many people were inputting “is YouTube down” or other related texts in Google Search.
These kinds of outages are not very uncommon of late. In August, Google’s Gmail and Google Drive service went for a toss after a major outage. And that time, it did take some time to get the issue sorted.
Thankfully, YouTube was back in an hour. So for now, people can surely enjoy watching their favorite videos, with hopefully no further problems.