Are you trying to use the web right now? Just stop. It’s largely broken.
As indicated by about 20 tips in the last few minutes and pretty much all of Twitter, Amazon’s EC2 service appears to be down. That means services like Reddit, Heroku, Foursquare, Instagram, Fab, Quora, Turntable.fm, Netflix and many, many others are down.
Update: It looks like the outage may be isolated to EAST-1, so not all of EC2. Still, all of the companies above and hundreds of others are clearly affected right now.
Update 2: And after roughly 40 minutes of downtime, the Internet appears to be coming back online. Amazon’s status site confirms that it’s being resolved.
Amazon EC2 us-east: also downgraded by S&P—
Dave Tufts (@davetufts) August 09, 2011
Shervin Pishevar (@shervin) August 09, 2011
Hey everyone – we're experiencing major problems with our hosting provider right now. We're doing our best to investigate. Updates soon—
Instagram (@instagram) August 09, 2011
ec2 east appears 100% down—
(@harryh) August 09, 2011
EC2 East down = forkly down —
Martin May (@HiroProt) August 09, 2011
First the market, then AWS. Is the sun gonna rise tomorrow?—
Wesley Barrow (@wesleybarrow) August 09, 2011
We are experiencing some unexpected downtime due to Amazon EC2. Will update as soon as things are back to normal.—
(@Yobongo) August 09, 2011
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