The home page of world’s most popular video sharing website YouTube went down for a while today. The web page showed that the site was facing the 500 internal server error. This error means that the website is facing issues at server level, but a more specific reason for the problem has not been ascertained yet.
Upon clicking YouTube, the visitor got this message: “500 Internal Server Error. Sorry, something went wrong. A team of highly trained monkeys has been dispatched to deal with this situation.”
Analytics websites like DownRightNow, which track whether a particular site is facing problems in real-time, also showed that YouTube was facing a service disruption.
Even though the YouTube home page was inaccessible right now, particular web pages were still working at the time. For example, users could watch movies on the Google-owned website by logging on to www.youtube.com/movies. When the web page opened, they can search for any video on the website.
This method will work any time the YouTube home page faces service disruption. In order to access YouTube, users can also log in to their Gmail account and proceed to the video sharing website by opening their Google Dashboard. They simply need to follow this path:
Account –> Dashboard –> Manage YouTube Account
This will open the user’s YouTube home page, which is unique for each Google account.
Twitter was also abuzz with the news of YouTube home page going down. Following are tweets by some users exasperated by this service disruption:
@saimatkong: Ooh no. #Youtube down! 500 Internal Server Error. Sorry, something went wrong.
@mashton_narry: is anyone elses youtube down and telling them to show some random monkeys alll these letters and numbers or..?
@shashankgupta07: YouTube down in office and hence ironically so is my productivity for today
@Jen_1D_BTC: youtube is down, i don’t know what to do with my life…
@StaySafeKidsxo: OMG IM SO ANGRY IM LAYING ON THE COUCH WANTING TO WATCH 1D THINGS AND CUTE COUPLES AND THEN YOUTUBE GOES DOWN WHAT IS LIFE?!
@clkz0r: youtube down, productivity sky rockets.
@NamanSr: Youtube homepage is down. Google Analytics is showing error. World is about to end.