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Social media, audio streaming and video streaming have become an integral part of modern life across the world, with Google-owned YouTube video streaming site being a staple part of everyone's routine. So when YouTube suffered for an outage on Wednesday for more than 30 minutes, netizens were thrown into a tizzy and flooded Twitter with their frustration over the missing video service.
YouTube users trying to login, upload or watch content on the popular platform faced the message 'Error 500' and the website remained inaccessible for more than half an hour.
In an official statement on Twitter, YouTube wrote, "Thanks for your reports about YouTube, YouTube TV and YouTube Music access issues. We're working on resolving this and will let you know once fixed. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause and will keep you updated."
Thanks for your reports about YouTube, YouTube TV and YouTube Music access issues. We're working on resolving this and will let you know once fixed. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause and will keep you updated.— Team YouTube (@TeamYouTube) October 17, 2018
An hour later, YouTube updated that the problem has been solved and wrote, "We're back! Thanks for all of your patience. If you continue to experience issues, please let us know."
The 2nd most visited website in the world with over 30 million visitors per day and 300 hours of videos uploaded every minute, YouTube outages are considerably rare.
As YouTube went down, Twitter became flooded with messages, memes and GIFs:
For a moment my heart stop and I thought the zombie apocolypse was on! I had my gun ready and everything. #YouTubeDOWN— ????Spooky Jim Tribe???? (@MetokurFembot) October 17, 2018
logging out of my account and signing into my other account, refreshing the page at least 7 times, deleting the app getting it back, going on my laptop seeing if it’s working on there and then going on twitter to see if there is a problem and welp ????????♀️ #YouTubeDOWN pic.twitter.com/RNnaZeYWOw— Jazminne Cordero (@jazminnecordero) October 17, 2018