Thousands of US websites and applications were affected by a glitch in AWS’ Simple Storage Service or S3 which occurred on February 28 due to high error rates.
It took AWS several hours to identify and address the problem, during which some of the afflicted websites were down while others experienced slowdowns or were unable to properly display information requested by users.
Needless to say, an event of such magnitude which affected thousands of netizens couldn’t have possibly escaped the notice of social media.
Some Twitter users wondered about the possible cause of the outage and the way Amazon’s IT specialists are likely trying to resolve the issue.
Others joked about how this incident affected people’s daily life
Well, the internet is dead and so is my productivity. #s3outage— Devon O'Brien (@DevBea) 28 февраля 2017 г.
One thing that everyone appeared to agree upon, things definitely didn’t look pretty at Amazon offices when the extent of the problem became apparent.
Amazon S3 control room right now. pic.twitter.com/2JxaEEPfWz— David Bisset (@dimensionmedia) 28 февраля 2017 г.
S3 is Amazon’s largest cloud service, which companies rely on not to build their own server farms. Companies that were affected by the outage include Pinterest, Airbnb, Netflix, Buzzfeed, Spotify and US media giant Gannett.