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Instagram, Vine, Netflix and Others Knocked Out by Amazon Server Glitch

It’s a bad day for digital consumers when you aren’t able to spend at least a few minutes mindlessly scrolling through your Instagram feed, only to find out later that you can’t even watch your favorite TV series on Netflix either. Were you affected by yesterday’s Amazon server issues?

Some of the most popular websites and apps were thrown offline after Amazon Web Services experienced problems around 4 p.m. ET on Sunday. Instagram was among the first to be hit, later followed by Netflix, Vine, Airbnb, IFTTT, Flipboard and several others.

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Amazon confirmed there was an issue with one of its Virginia-based data centers, and most sites were brought back online after about 30 minutes of downtime. That’s plenty of time for the entire social web to start panicking.

This wasn’t the first time a big chunk of the web had been taken down by Amazon’s cloud-based network, and it likely won’t be the last. If and when it does happen again, take it as an opportunity to shut off your smartphone/laptop/tablet for at least an hour or two and go do something offline.

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It's a bad day for digital consumers when you aren't able to spend at least a few minutes mindlessly scrolling through your Instagram feed, only to find out later that you can't even watch your favorite TV series on Netflix either. Were you affected by yesterday's Amazon server issues?

Some of the most popular websites and apps were thrown offline after Amazon Web Services experienced problems around 4 p.m. ET on Sunday. Instagram was among the first to be hit, later followed by Netflix, Vine, Airbnb, IFTTT, Flipboard and several others.

  • Watch Vine videos online with these 7 Vine viewers

Amazon confirmed there was an issue with one of its Virginia-based data centers, and most sites were brought back online after about 30 minutes of downtime. That's plenty of time for the entire social web to start panicking.

This wasn't the first time a big chunk of the web had been taken down by Amazon's cloud-based network, and it likely won't be the last. If and when it does happen again, take it as an opportunity to shut off your smartphone/laptop/tablet for at least an hour or two and go do something offline.

Photo © Getty Images

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