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14 Brilliant Ways Twitter Handled WatchESPN's College Football Outage

WatchESPN went down on one of the most anticipated nights in college football history. Fans weren't happy.

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1. Creative Marketing Suggestions

#watchespn I think you should change the name of your app. Perhaps #trytowatchespn or maybe #watchespnexceptforwhenabiggameison

Derek Walker@DigitalDerekFollow

#watchespn I think you should change the name of your app. Perhaps #trytowatchespn or maybe #watchespnexceptforwhenabiggameison

8:50 PM - 01 Jan 15ReplyRetweetFavorite

2. Bringing unrelated political issues into the mix

Shoutout to @WatchESPN who decided to use the same techies who built the #Obamacare website to also manage their ESPN Go app #WatchESPN

Kelsey J. Pritchard@Kelso117Follow

Shoutout to @WatchESPN who decided to use the same techies who built the #Obamacare website to also manage their ESPN Go app #WatchESPN

4:43 PM - 01 Jan 15ReplyRetweetFavorite

I blame North Korea for #WatchESPN not working right now. @espn

Umair@UmairA916Follow

I blame North Korea for #WatchESPN not working right now. @espn

5:42 PM - 01 Jan 15ReplyRetweetFavorite

3. People oddly upset they have to put on pants

Thanks a lot, @espn. I made it almost an entire day without putting on pants. Now, I have to go to a bar to #watchespn.

Billy Ivey@wriveyFollow

Thanks a lot, @espn. I made it almost an entire day without putting on pants. Now, I have to go to a bar to #watchespn.

6:20 PM - 01 Jan 15ReplyRetweetFavorite

Wasn't planning on putting pants on today. Guess I will now that #watchespn is down and I have to go to a bar to watch the game.

Paul Keating@TheRealPSKFollow

Wasn't planning on putting pants on today. Guess I will now that #watchespn is down and I have to go to a bar to watch the game.

5:34 PM - 01 Jan 15ReplyRetweetFavorite

4. Admitting it's hard to complain when you borrow (steal) the account anyway

Twitter right now: "I am appalled that WatchESPN isn't working. My dad/neighbor/ex-boyfriend pays good money for this service" @Ourand_SBJ

Mike Bebernes@mikebebernesFollow

Twitter right now: "I am appalled that WatchESPN isn't working. My dad/neighbor/ex-boyfriend pays good money for this service" @Ourand_SBJ

5:01 PM - 01 Jan 15ReplyRetweetFavorite

Thank you WatchESPN for working. I can now go back to stealing someone else's login to watch the game

Kyle Cox@kylecoxFollow

Thank you WatchESPN for working. I can now go back to stealing someone else's login to watch the game

5:54 PM - 01 Jan 15ReplyRetweetFavorite

5. Conspiracy theorists, unite!

Clearly this is a conspiracy by @ESPN and the cable companies to punish us for being cord-cutters. #WatchESPN

Zaki Qayoumi@iamzakiFollow

Clearly this is a conspiracy by @ESPN and the cable companies to punish us for being cord-cutters. #WatchESPN

5:22 PM - 01 Jan 15ReplyRetweetFavorite

If #watchespn is down due to traffic, then why can I stream mobile/laptop but not #Chromecast. Me thinks a conspiracy is afoot. #SugarBowl

jcelko@jcelkoFollow

If #watchespn is down due to traffic, then why can I stream mobile/laptop but not #Chromecast. Me thinks a conspiracy is afoot. #SugarBowl

9:55 PM - 01 Jan 15ReplyRetweetFavorite

6. Technical experts happy to share their advice on a fix

Hey @ESPN have you tried turning it off and back on again? #WatchESPN

Jeffrey Baird@Jeffrey_BairdFollow

Hey @ESPN have you tried turning it off and back on again? #WatchESPN

4:29 PM - 01 Jan 15ReplyRetweetFavorite

7. #sarcasm

I can't really blame @espn for the #watchespn app crashing. Who could have predicted increased traffic the first college playoff game ever?

Brendan Eyre@BrendanCEyreFollow

I can't really blame @espn for the #watchespn app crashing. Who could have predicted increased traffic the first college playoff game ever?

6:50 PM - 01 Jan 15ReplyRetweetFavorite

8. Those convinced today marks the end of internet TV

WatchESPN is down during the biggest night of college football. This is why we haven’t moved to all IP based TV. It’s just not as reliable.

Bradley Chambers@bradleychambersFollow

WatchESPN is down during the biggest night of college football. This is why we haven’t moved to all IP based TV. It’s just not as reliable.

4:46 PM - 01 Jan 15ReplyRetweetFavorite

9. #Taking #the #opportunity #to #practice #hashtags

#WatchESPN #app #down #for #Rose #Bowl, #leaving #viewers #with #error #message: BRISTOL, Conn. – Fans looking to… http://t.co/d7IMMplPvr

Hihid@hihidcoFollow

#WatchESPN #app #down #for #Rose #Bowl, #leaving #viewers #with #error #message: BRISTOL, Conn. – Fans looking to… http://t.co/d7IMMplPvr

9:08 PM - 01 Jan 15ReplyRetweetFavorite

10. People who had no idea what was in store later today

I hate you @BrightHouseNow for having crappy cable and messing up during the only game I care about.. And I thank #watchespn for the save.

Brent Fullenwider@Bfully24Follow

I hate you @BrightHouseNow for having crappy cable and messing up during the only game I care about.. And I thank #watchespn for the save.

1:30 PM - 01 Jan 15ReplyRetweetFavorite

11. Some were thrilled to be able to watch en espanol

Don't worry @espn I don't need the #WatchESPN app to work in English. Spanish is just fine. #GOOOAAALLLLLL

Drake P@DP3P0Follow

Don't worry @espn I don't need the #WatchESPN app to work in English. Spanish is just fine. #GOOOAAALLLLLL

8:08 PM - 01 Jan 15ReplyRetweetFavorite

12. Innovative Game Ideas

New drinking game: Take a drink every time #WatchESPN goes down. Actually, don't do that. #alcoholpoisoning

Courtney Nush@courtnushFollow

New drinking game: Take a drink every time #WatchESPN goes down. Actually, don't do that. #alcoholpoisoning

6:42 PM - 01 Jan 15ReplyRetweetFavorite

13. Memes, memes, memes

@espn @ESPNPR @ESPN_FanCentral @ESPNCFB #SugarBowl2015 #watchespn

Bernard Hartlove@bhartlove72Follow

@espn @ESPNPR @ESPN_FanCentral @ESPNCFB #SugarBowl2015 #watchespn

8:18 PM - 01 Jan 15ReplyRetweetFavorite

14. Parody accounts, the only way the internet knows how to react

For all of you who are experiencing problems with the @WatchEPSN app, deal with it. We are doing what we can (nothing) to fix it. #WatchESPN

Watch ESPN@WatchEPSNFollow

For all of you who are experiencing problems with the @WatchEPSN app, deal with it. We are doing what we can (nothing) to fix it. #WatchESPN

8:40 PM - 01 Jan 15ReplyRetweetFavorite

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