Grey lady goes dark, Twitter goes snark
The New York Times website went down Wednesday, eerily on the 10th anniversary of the worst blackout in U.S. history, sometime after 10 a.m. and lasting until 1 p.m.
“New York Times website is experiencing technical difficulties. We expect to be back up shortly,” the paper announced on its Twitter feed (@nytimes). Fox Business falsely reported that it was a cyber attack. (They wish.) But Times employee Daniel Slotnik refuted that claim.
During the blackout, lonely and confused news junkies everywhere filled the void by tweeting snarkily about the site’s crash.
When the New York Times comes back, it's going to be all GIFs and lists. You asked for this, America.
— pourmecoffee (@pourmecoffee) August 14, 2013
They say there's always an uptick in media babies born 9 months after an https://t.co/4fASL44vMX outage.
— Dave Itzkoff (@ditzkoff) August 14, 2013
BREAKING: @nytimes Receives Pulitzer For Coverage Of 'Http/1.1 Service Unavailable' Story
— The Onion (@TheOnion) August 14, 2013
NYT doubling down on print edition.
— Farhad Manjoo (@fmanjoo) August 14, 2013
So far, my coup is going pretty much according to plan.
— Ross Douthat (@DouthatNYT) August 14, 2013
WHO'S REACHED THEIR ARTICLE LIMIT NOW, https://t.co/aZZmjkCvlM????????
— Nick Greene (@NickGreene) August 14, 2013
What, you thought Jeff Bezos was going to buy the Post and play defense?
— Ezra Klein (@ezraklein) August 14, 2013
Look at your life. Look at your choices, gurl. RT @nytimes: The New York Times Web site is experiencing technical difficulties.
— Saeed Jones (@theferocity) August 14, 2013
The New York Times paywall has become self-aware.
— Rex Huppke (@RexHuppke) August 14, 2013
the NYTimes finally read all of its THE INTERNET ISN'T REAL op-eds
— nathanjurgenson (@nathanjurgenson) August 14, 2013
pretty cool new media experiment the new york times is conducting in honor of the 10th anniversary of the blackout
— matt (@mattbuchanan) August 14, 2013
NSA unveils new New York Times web design https://t.co/4PSCuWGs04
— David Jackson (@davidvjackson) August 14, 2013
All the news that's fit to Http/1.1 Service Unavailable
— John Schwartz — NYT (@jswatz) August 14, 2013
and Vocativ’s own Ryan J. Davis
Would be innovative for New York Times to print copies of their website you could buy in stores.
— Ryan J. Davis (@RyanNewYork) August 14, 2013