The “leap second” was a one second adjustment made to the atomic clock tonight at 23:59:59 UT (just before 8pm ET). After it went into effect tonight, half the internet — including Reddit, FourSquare, Yelp, LinkedIn, Gawker StumbleUpon, and more — came crashing down. The outages were mostly (thankfully) brief. Here’s how it happened.
Power outages in northern Virginia impaired some of Amazon’s cloud data centers, bringing Pinterest, Netflix, and Instagram down, all at the same time. All three sites are back online, although Instagram seems to be experiencing some lingering issues. Users headed to twitter to complain, make jokes, and try to make sense of their lives.