Friday, May 24, 2013

It appears Yahoo-owned Flickr has suffered the first significant outage after its major revamp.

People online are reporting the site going down, with some tweets marked as early as 5:30PM PDT, says TNW. That was about six hours ago, at time of writing.

Flickr also tweeted its acknowledgement of the site going down, about two hours ago.

TNW reported the site flashing the #badpanda image when it went down, but I only managed to see it once. The site was otherwise completely unresponsive the other times I tried loading it.

Flickr’s revamp, launched just four days ago, overhauled the photo site’s interface with large, high-res photos. This pairs with a recent update of Flickr’s apps on both iOS and Android. Flickr has said that the updated iOS app yielded 25 percent more uploads.

The additional load placed on Flickr’s systems by all the high-res flood coming in is likely to have taken its servers down. Flickr has about 89 million users. The new revamp bumped up each user’s upload quota to a whopping 1Tb. Not everyone’s going to be rushing to reach the quota, but it’s undoubtedly revived a lot of interest from users who have fallen by the wayside in recent years.


Victoria Ho 24 May, 2013

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