LinkedIn’s Version of the Fail Whale
Posted on April 2, 2012 | in Lean Wastes, Maintenance, Small Business | by Chad Walters
You know about the Fail Whale on Twitter, right?
If you don’t know, when Twitter gets overloaded with data transmission requests (lots of people using/checking/updating Twitter at one time) the system will crash and a picture of a whale will be displayed. This is Twitter’s way of indicating it’s temporarily out of order.
Well evidently LinkedIn has their own version, although it’s not clear if this is a result of scheduled site maintenance or if it truly was overloaded. Unfortunately this happened in the middle of the day, while normally scheduled site maintenance happens in the early morning hours.
When your company has a malfunction – a machine breaks down, a pipe bursts, a server crashes, the copier needs servicing – do you put up a “temporarily out of order” sign or do you try to get it fixed right away?