YouTube is Gone
I’m seeing reports around the web now that YouTube is completely down for everyone, but I haven’t seen any word as to what’s up. Very strange for a major site to just go completely offline like that.
This is the best thread I’ve found on the problem so far.
Update, 9:44 AM ET: As I suspected might be the case, the odd server names might not have anything at all to do with it. Check out this lookup for microsoft.com.
Update, 10:16 AM ET: Take a look at the comments below. The Open Cubicle claimed that Google had let the registration expire, and Klaus dug up the whois info that shows that the YouTube.com record was indeed updated this morning.
Update, 10:28 AM ET: All clear! It just started working for me again.
Update, 11:04 AM ET: In the comments below, David Moylan explains the “hacked” results:
when you do a whois lookup, by default it shows all domains which contain the string you are searching for. some providers decide to filter this information out because it is confusing. those other domains which show up for youtube.com can also be seen if you use iptools to lookup microsoft.com and other popular sites. they have been registered many years ago and are not related to the specific domain you are seaching for.
Update, 11:06 AM ET: Once again, David Moylan has great input in the comments below:
i diagnosed the problem when i first noticed youtube was down many hours ago. the domain was in perfect order, but the two registered nameservers were not responding to any requests. irrespective of the domain status, the nameservers should have been responding to DIRECT requests.
If their two registered name servers were not responding to requests, that certainly would explain what the problem was. Interested to hear why they weren’t responding, though. Hopefully we’ll hear from Google (or someone) on that soon.