Tumblr Comes Tumbling Down: Outage for Millions of Blogs

by Christopher Freeburn | October 26, 2012 12:52 pm

Legions of bloggers worldwide found themselves unable to post updates this morning after Tumblr, the blogging platform, experienced an outage[1].

The problem began before 7:30 a.m. ET and the service, which hosts more than 77 million blogs, was still down as of 11:00 a.m. ET, CNN noted.

Tumblr is ranked as the 36th-most visited website. For U.S.-based Web-surfers, it’s the 19-most visited, according to Alexa.

Naturally, Tumblr took to Twitter to say that it was aware of the problem and looking for a solution. The outage was attributed to unspecified difficulties with one of Tumblr’s uplink providers.

Users also vented on Twitter as the hours passed without the blogging service returning to action. Though a small number said they had been able to link to Tumblr without encountering snags.

Privately held Tumblr is one of the leading social media services along with Google‘s (NASDAQ:GOOG[2]) YouTube, Twitter and Facebook (NASDAQ:FB[3]).

  1. experienced an outage: http://www.cnn.com/2012/10/26/tech/social-media/tumblr-down/index.html
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