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Wikipedia suffers worldwide outage

Users flock to Twitter to complain
Mon Aug 06 2012, 16:00
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ONLINE ENCYCLOPEDIA Wikipedia went down on Monday across the globe, leaving millions of users unable to access the web site.

Wikipedia's PR team, the cleverly named Wikimedia tweeted that the web site was having some technical difficulties and that its team of engineers was working to fix it. Wikipedia's status update web site also showed that it was experiencing "severe disruptions".

A Wikipedia spokesperson explained to The INQUIRER that the outage was because of a service issue in Florida saying, "The outage is due to networking issues with our servers in Tampa, Florida. I don't have any more technical information I'm afraid.

"The sites should be up and running again shortly. To see current Wikipedia status go to http://status.wikimedia.org. If you want to browse the wiki, please try other tools such as Archive.org () and Google Cache."

With an average of 25 million people accessing the Wikipedia web site every day, users flocked to Twitter to vent about the outage. One user tweeted, "Wikipedia Is Down. How can i do my homework now?" while others moaned that they were unable to work without the web site.

The web site now appears to be back online, but we're still digging for more information about what caused the Wikipedia blackout. µ

 

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