If you're reading this, consider yourself lucky. All across the internet, websites experienced longer than usual load times, or were down entirely thanks to an Amazon web server outage. Even writing this piece is its own unique challenge thanks to the massive outage: Every time I click "Save," it's like an online version of Russian roulette. Reactions to the Amazon S3 outage prove that not only is the damage widespread across the internet, but folks just aren't having it right now. Count me one of the many who are ready to toss their laptops off their laps.
It's not just whole swathes of the internet that were down: Website functionality across the web has also been affected. It could be something as simple as a search function on your favorite recipe site, or, in my case, trying to write this damn article: Giphy is having major issues, so sadly, there will be no clever gifs to illustrate the internet's collective outrage to accompany this article. The Amazon s3 server outage also affected mobile apps, and in Amazon's case, it's own ability to report server issues, according to Engadget. Now that's meta.
If the internet were working, the Keanu Reeves "Whoa" GIF would go here.
Web and app developers were understandably and collectively crapping their pants as there is no word yet on when the Amazon servers will be back up.
It hasn't even been easy for people to find out what sites are working and which ones aren't, due to that whole Amazon's server outage is causing inaccurate reporting on Amazon's server status page.
Even the online website status checker, IsItDownRightNow.com, can't even tell which sites are affected because, you guessed it — Amazon S3 broke it, too.
If you're trying to find out from Quora what's going on, you're out of luck too.
But maybe it's not the internet?
Even though many of the reactions to the Amazon s3 outage were mostly amusing commentary, the server outage has caused actual, real-world problems. Take for example, the pop culture website, The A.V. Club:
The Amazon Web Services Twitter account has been pumping out updates since the issue was first discovered Tuesday. While the folks at Amazon are scrambling like mad, there's no official word yet on when the internet will be back to normal.
So what's a world wide web to do? Go outside? Read a book? Nah — let's just keep complaining on Twitter and Facebook until the internet comes back. That'll fix it.
*Insert clever wink GIF here*