Technorati refused access to website visitors

At 8:38 a.m. EST yesterday, December 3, the Technorati website all of a sudden started refusing access to all visitors, responding with an HTTP 403 error (access denied). The problem was not resolved until 9:44 a.m.

During this period, the website did occasionally come back, but the problems started again almost immediately. In total, the Technorati website was unavailable for 55 minutes.

Presumably someone at Technorati was making modifications on the backend and mistakenly triggered this. We can imagine that there was some frantic activity over at the Technorati offices while this lasted.

Technorati is one of the 500 most popular sites in the world according to Alexa.

1 comment

  1. I am surprised not having heard more than this post in Pingdom about the tremendous problems that Technorati is having.

    I am located in Spain and I started to suffer its loading home problems yesterday and having their response message “The monster is having backend problems”. It happened during a “join in” process which really took me too much to complete.

    I think they should show a message about this maintenance matters and avoid us to keep comming back to see if it has been solved.
    Appart from that the Technorati information that is provided by them is always excelent, it has been a real shame seeing this lack of prevision on their side.

    Congrats for your great ping blog.

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