YouTube Hit With Service Outage

YouTube users today were reporting service outages and delays with the popular video site. On Twitter, dozens of users complained that they couldn’t connect to YouTube, or that they couldn’t watch videos once they were on the site.

The problems appear to have started in the early afternoon, U.S. Pacific Time. In some cases, videos would load but only after a minute or longer delay. Some users saw this Google Server error when they tried to access the site:

On Twitter, the complaints lasted about an hour. User “S Sometimes” tweeted a common gripe: “YouTube is going SO SLOW! I feel like I have dial-up interwebz again. GRRRR.”

Google confirmed the outage, which lasted an hour or so. Google says the outage lasted only ten minutes. By around 1:30 p.m. (U.S. Pacific) YouTube appeared to be back to normal, based on feedback from users in California, Massachusetts, and the United Kingdom.

The YouTube glitch is yet another in a recent string of service hiccups that have plagued Google-owned sites, including outages and slowdowns that hit Google Search, Google News, and Google Apps in mid-May.

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