Sluggish Performance for Paypal Web Site

The web site for Paypal is experiencing sporadic outages and sluggish response time tonight, with similar performance issues seen from multiple monitoring points. Performance problems for Paypal can have broad impact because the service processes payments for thousands of online businesses. The service, which enables any individual or business with an email address to send and receive payments online, has 86 million users worldwide. This chart shows the recent site performance for

Paypal site performance

A dynamically updating chart of the site performance for is available here.

Paypal handled more than 117 million transactions in the third quarter of 2005, with a total value of $6.7 billion. The average transaction was about $57, and close to 70 percent of Paypal's business is generated by eBay, its parent company.

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