This fascinating image above is from the recently inaugurated Google Books’ Error Page and shows you just how far artist’s Yi Ying Lu’s Twitter Fail Whale image has come since it was first put into heavy rotation in 2008. Perhaps it is the fact that “fail” rhymes with “whale,” but somehow it’s a natural fit that the two go hand in hand with regards to 503 error messages.
So is Google’s Moby Dick inspired Twitter derivative the sincerest form of flattery? Well, in some circles, you ain’t nothing until you get copied (or bought) by Google. Thar she blows!