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UPDATED YouTube was struggling to keep its site up in face of its relaunch this afternoon, with Twitter users complaining by the hundreds that the site is down, and YouTube’s web server delivering “Http/1.1 Service Unavailable” messages and 502 errors. At the time of writing, it […]

UPDATED YouTube was struggling to keep its site up in face of its relaunch this afternoon, with Twitter users complaining by the hundreds that the site is down, and YouTube’s web server delivering “Http/1.1 Service Unavailable” messages and 502 errors. At the time of writing, it looked like YouTube was starting to have its site back up, complete with redesigned video pages, which now feature an Ajax-based video page tour to explain the page’s new elements.

This isn’t the first time YouTube has been down this month. A week ago, the whole site went dark for more than 90 minutes. YouTube at the time blamed the outage on a “technical issue,” but it’s unclear if that down time was also related to today’s relaunch. We’ve reached out to YouTube for comments and will update this post as soon as we know more about today’s outage.

Update: A YouTube spokesperson informs us that the site was down for a few minutes due to “internal issues” that have “absolutely nothing” to do with the redesign.

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  1. Why didn’t YouTube do basically a beta launch with those willing to help stress test their new servers? Then once those bugs and kinks get worked out, it then go live with it across the board.

    1. If only Google had guys like you.

  2. Look at twitter, people hate YouTube redesign http://search.twitter.com/search?q=youtube%2Bhate

    Here is a demonstration how redesign of YouTube should be done:
    http://rainfall-daffinson.com/youtube-redesign/

  3. POLL: Do You Love or Hate the New YouTube? Saturday, April 3, 2010

    [...] POLL: Do You Love or Hate the New YouTube? So this week, a YouTube redesign meant to help clean up the commenting section and improve browsing was rolled out, immediately upsetting the community. [...]

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