Bebo outage causes shutdown rumours

Social network Bebo is still inaccessible after an apparent technical error took the site offline yesterday.

Bebo was previously hosted on the Akamai content delivery network, which generally increases a site's resilience to network outages and traffic spikes, but DNS lookups for the www.bebo.com website are currently not resolving:

$ ping www.bebo.com
ping: cannot resolve www.bebo.com: Host name lookup failure

$ dig www.bebo.com
; <<>> DiG 9.5.1-P3 <<>> www.bebo.com
;; global options:  printcmd
;; connection timed out; no servers could be reached

Twitter is currently awash with self-propagating rumours that Bebo has been shut down for good; however, this has been debunked by TechCrunch, which reports a Bebo spokesperson as saying the site went down due to "a technical clusterf**k". Michael Birch, who originally founded Bebo with his wife Xochi, also tweeted that the site should be coming back in a matter of hours.