LinkedIn goes down, then back up, then down again Wednesday morning

Popular professional social media site LinkedIn suffered two outages in three hours

“Network issues” caused the LinkedIn website to go down multiple times within a three-hour time frame Wednesday morning, the company has said.

Frustrated LinkedIn users began airing their grievances on Twitter before the start of the regular East Coast business day. Shortly after 8:30 a.m. ET on Wednesday, LinkedIn posted an update on Twitter saying, "We're aware the site is currently down, and our team is working on it right now. Stay tuned."

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A variety of third-party web tracking tools also reported LinkedIn was experiencing a service disruption. www.DownRightNow.com reported that LinkedIn was down beginning just before 8 a.m.

LinkedIn outage

At around 8:50 a.m. ET LinkedIn reported that the issue had been resolved. "The issues you may have experienced with our site earlier have been cleared," the company posted on its official Twitter page.

Then, about a half-hour later the site went down again, which LinkedIn again confirmed. "Our site is experiencing some issues. Our team is continuing their work on this. Stay tuned."

All in all, in less than a two-hour period the LinkedIn site appears to have gone down for about 45 minutes, went back up for about 30 minutes and then had a second service disruption. At 10:45 a.m. ET, LinkedIn posted on its Twitter page that the site was back up and running, and it thanked users for their patience. A LinkedIn spokesperson dispelled questions about if the site had been hacked. There was “zero indication that this outage was malicious in any way,” said Hani Durzy, director of LinkedIn’s corporate communications. LinkedIn is hosted in multiple tier 1 data center locations, he added.

Earlier this week Google Drive confirmed that a "significant" number of users were impacted by a service disruption on Monday. About 30 minutes later Google said the issue had been mostly resolved, but some users continued to complain about outage issues.

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Network World senior writer Brandon Butler covers cloud computing and social collaboration. He can be reached at BButler@nww.com and found on Twitter at @BButlerNWW.

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