Chicago (IL) – At approximately 3:55pm CST today, Digg’s website became inaccessible from the outside for 10 minutes. Digg’s main pages were affected, as were its services. Those websites (like TG Daily) which link to Digg for article digg counts and upcoming articles on Digg (panel along the right side of TG Daily), had their web page load times significantly impeded during this outage.
Whenever Digg has a planned or long outage, they typically have a front page landing which indicates links to other cool sites while they’re down. In this outage no such landing page appeared. Depending on the web browser, each request from Digg’s servers would timeout after 30-90 seconds – resulting in 2+ minute load times for TG Daily pages during the outage.
Websites embed code in their HTML which retrieves content in real-time from digg.com. It can also transmit content to digg.com when users click on “digg it,” for example.
When code from TG Daily’s pages attempted to contact Digg’s site today, web browsers eventually returned this message:
Could not connect to remote server
You tried to access the address http://digg.com/tools/diggthis.php?u=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.tgdaily.com…, which is currently unavailable. Please make sure that the Web address (URL) is correctly spelled and punctuated, then try reloading the page.
Make sure your Internet connection is active and check whether other applications that rely on the same connection are working
In addition to the tools service, Digg’s main page was also down for the same amount of time. Digg’s website and services were back up at 4:05 CST and appears now to be normal.
Digg had not responded to TG Daily’s press inquiries at the time of this writing.