Power Outage Knocks MySpace.com Offline

Social networking site MySpace.com is offline currently, attributing the downtime to a power outage in its data center. It was inaccessible for more than 90 minutes, and then displayed a brief message alerting users to the problems: "Hey everyone! There's been a power outage in our data center. we're in the process of fixing it right now, so sit tight. - Tom" (presumably MySpace co-founder Tom Anderson).

With MySpace unavailable, many of the service's users began posting blog items at LiveJournal, another free blogging service popular with U.S. teenagers.

MySpace.com site performance

A dynamically updating chart of the web site performance of myspace.com is available. Netcraft offers a web site performance monitoring service that provides detailed uptime charts, along with e-mail alerts when an outage occurs.

The message at MySpace did not specify which of its data centers had experienced the power outage. MySpace.com appears to use two, one at CWIE.net in Tempe, Ariz. and another in a new Equinix data center in El Segundo, Calif. The temporary message was being displayed from the Tempe IP address.

MySpace.com is ranked the 77th most visited site on the internet amongst users of the Netcraft toolbar, although some other services place it higher and Hitwise ranks it 1st, in front of Google.

Rupert Murdoch's News Corp. bought the site for $580 million last July. In May MySpace said the expansion into Equinix's data center will allow it to improve peering with network service providers, which will help in managing traffic surges and high-bandwidth features such as multimedia streaming.