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YouTube does a Lindsay and takes a tumble

Both face down in a cactus

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YouTube was having a little lie-down this morning, as its home page served up an error message to fans of cute kittens and falling-down Hollywood types everywhere.

Anyone trying to reach the front page got a bald message - "Http/1.1 Service Unavailable" to be precise - prompting some to speculate whether the site had been hacked.

Most of the rest of Web 2.0 world went into immediate panic mode over Twitter.

A YouTube spokesman confirmed the outage without throwing much light on what was happening, saying: "We apologize for the inconvenience, but YouTube is temporarily unavailable. Our engineers are currently working to restore the site."

However, the truly faithful quickly realised that by going in via a specific video they could still enjoy the sight of, for example, Lindsay Lohan falling into a cactus at 3 in the morning, suggesting it's the front page in particular that is feeling a little tired and emotional. Kind of like Lindsay.

Microsoft Twittered that you could do this via Bing - but didn't mention it was equally achievable through Google. Both of which are unsurprising. ®

Bootnote

Thanks to all the readers who got in touch to let us know YouTube was incapacitated.

And yes, it bounced back up over lunchtime. Which we're guessing Lindsay will too.

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