Monday, July 24, 2006

The Great MySpace Outage of 2006



There was no MySpace last night

Not since the blackouts of New York City in 1965 and 1977 has an outage created such chaos. If you don't believe me consider this. New York City has a population of around 20 million compared to the over 95 million of MySpace.

I remember it like it happened just yesterday.......

I will always remember the day I found out. It as July 23, 2006. I had been out much of the day and got in about 3:00 (Mountain time). I turned on my computer and opened up Internet Explorer. Nothing happened, it just said "Page cannot be displayed".

My first thought was "This cannot be happening". I assumed that there had been a major Internet failure. That something had happened to the equipment that runs my Internet service or worse yet, we had not paid out Internet bill and had been shut off. What was I going to tell all my customers? How was I going to fix this?

What was I going to do?

You see my home page is set to MySpace.com and when I got "Page cannot be displayed" I assumed that something on my end was not working, because in my heart I knew there could be nothing wrong with MySpace.

After all, they are a HUGE company. They bring in millions of dollars and have state of the art equipment. There could be nothing wrong at their end, it must be me.

But just on the off chance that there could be something wrong at MySpace I typed another address into Internet Explorer. I don't remember what it was, it's all a blur right now. It worked. It was at that moment I understood.

There is something wrong with MySpace!

Just then my girls came into the living room. They had tried to get on too with the same result. For what seemed to be a long time we just stood there; staring at each other. Struggling to find words to express ourselves. But there were none, just an awkward silence filled the room.

What would we do? How long will this be? What will things be like if MySpace is gone?

These were all the questions running though our minds as we sat down in front of TV and tried to find something to fill the void in our lives.

But you know nothing was the same. The food didn't taste as good. The colors on the TV didn't seem as vibrant. Even the "My Fair Brady" wedding finale on VH1 wasn't as exciting as we thought it was going to be.

Because no matter what we did it was always in the back of our minds. What about MySpace? When will MySpace be back online?

We tried from time to time to get back onto MySpace and eventually got a message saying something about a "power outage". We got to see the logo on the screen and the message was even signed by Tom. It all helped a little but it just wasn't the same.

We sat and tried to talk to each other to try to keep our mind off of things but eventually we would get back to MySpace. Then we would all get a little quiet.

I thought maybe I would get a little peace sleeping but I just couldn't do it knowing there may be no MySpace. I would periodically get up and check, but it still wasn't working.

MySpace came back online about 9:00 and I was really relieved. I was able to log into my account and see all my friends list. I felt whole again.

I know I am not the only one. I know that there were many others that felt the same way I do. This outage affected us all.

Without MySpace people had to do other things. Watch TV, talk with each other again. Maybe even eat together at the dinner table. There was no fighting over who needed to use the computer.

Couples probably had sex last night. I bet there will be a huge spike in births 9 months from now.

The world will feel the repercussions of this event.

Let's pray it never happens again.

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