4 Websites That Cause The World To Implode Whenever They Are Down

Ads by Google

laptop   4 Websites That Cause The World To Implode Whenever They Are DownThe Internet is like its own little country, and its many websites are like public squares for its thousands upon thousands of citizens. However, what if these public squares were all of a sudden to shut down? Perhaps these squares are not so much squares but more like little highways with roadblocks. In a real-world situation, this would most certainly be a problem, wouldn’t it?

With that said, we’ve all experienced a little downtime with websites before, and I’d like to expand a little on the sites that we have here. Since the Internet is all about the passing of information, I’ve decided to focus on web-locations that feature communication, news, entertainment, and public awareness. Of course, these are not the only sites on the Internet that are of such importance. However, I believe that they are definitely on a very high tier.

Today, I bring you four websites that I believe are part of the backbone of the Internet, and without them, we’d have a bit of chaos.

Facebook

fb   4 Websites That Cause The World To Implode Whenever They Are Down

Ads by Google

Shamefully, I believe we can all safely agree that most people’s worlds end when Facebook goes down. Where else can we share text-plastered Instagram photos? How else will that potato beat Bieber in a battle of popularity? Although the site’s downtime is a rare occurrence, it has happened before. To be honest, I’m surprised that the apocalypse hadn’t happened during that period of time…

Even still, seeing that most of the Internet has opted to utilize this as their main form of friendly online conversation (with email being reserved for more formal discussion), I believe it is understandable that people become a little frantic when Facebook goes down.

Reddit

reddit1   4 Websites That Cause The World To Implode Whenever They Are Down

As a one of the most popular news aggregators available, I’ll have to say Reddit is an important part of Internet society. No, it isn’t the most popular website to exist (despite what its users may think), but it is a information supplier strong-force. Now, before you get caught up in the recent Reddit fiasco featuring the revelation of a certain user (personally, I’m avoiding names because I’m sure the libel lawsuit is pending), you have to understand that Reddit is more than fun and games.

It’s a website that basically compresses most of the day’s major news articles and delivers them in a bite-sized chunk for the general public to take in. Yes, there are plenty of cat pictures strewn here and there. But in all truth, Reddit is a major part of how people stay informed on current events. For many, when Reddit goes down, it would be akin to major news networks going off the air all of a sudden.

Amazon(‘s Servers)

amazon1   4 Websites That Cause The World To Implode Whenever They Are Down

Amazon EC2 actually hosts a lot of the world’s biggest websites – some of which include Netflix, Instagram, and Pinterest, just to name a few. In fact, many of the sites you use daily likely are run by Amazon. Now imagine if the servers go down. Yeah….no more movies played from home. No more pictures of what you had for breakfast. No more pins of that totally cute red sundress you saw that will make you totally hotter than Martha and finally have a chance at Joey.

But really, Amazon backs a lot of stuff, and without it, we’d have a lack of entertainment on the web. With that said, entertainment definitely is important, so don’t knock it.

Twitter

twitter   4 Websites That Cause The World To Implode Whenever They Are Down

With the recent development of Twitter’s importance in protests and public announcements, it would be a real shame if something just….happened to it. We’ve seen Twitter go down in the past, but the social network has evolved from a goofy website to a heavy player in the field of politics. From fighting government interference to sharing government influence, this little bird has really spread its wings.

Without it, I fear that many people would not be more culturally aware of the their world. If the site happened to go down during an important event (such as a terrorist attack or a uprising against a government), I believe many of us would unfortunately be in the dark. So to Twitter – let’s make sure we have a 24/7 uptime, OK?

Conclusion

These are just four websites that I believe are necessary for the Internet to function. However, I’m aware that there are more!

What websites do you believe cause the world to implode when they are down? Do you have any frustrating stories about the ones above being down?

Image Credit: delsukerman 

Ads by Google
Check out more about:

35 Comments - Write a Comment

Reply

Adrian Rea

Two to add, Google an MakeUseOf :)

Shane La Horie

Can’t believe they forgot google

Achraf Almouloudi

Because Google never get down, they are REALLY so powerful .

Yiz Borol

Yeah google has too many servers all over the world to ever go down completely, though there was that time in 2010 where gmail was down for some people for a couple of hours…

Christopher Webb

I’ve never experienced a Google outage.

Griffin

Because of Sandy google was down for 8 minutes….. the internet was forgiving though that’s why you didn’t hear to much about it.

Reply

Brian Mok

I can just imagine people all around the world with nothing to do if Facebook goes down.

Douglas Mutay

what a shame…

Reply

Yash Desai

what about google’s gmail servers, whenever theyre down, it causes a stirup

Reply

Greg

Omegle is one site to with thousands of users, and right now it’s down thanks to Sandy

Reply

Mac Witty

I think I would add Twitter, Google and Dropbox

Mac Witty

Sorry, forget about Twitter it was already on the list

Reply

Adrian Rea

perhaps what may be more frightening is if the Internet itself decided to collapse for a few days. there is far too much reliance on it. much banking would be crippled, phone lines overloaded, children without a clue how to play “naturally”

Achraf Almouloudi

What you’re talking about isn’t even possible in theory as there is no such thing as “Internet” itself .

Reply

Junil Maharjan

You forgot google

Reply

Shakirah Faleh Lai

I can’t live without google.

Reply

Kamruzzaman Chowdhury

I like this post. It is very important that you are connected with the others.

Reply

Temmuz Onur Deniz Güzel

Come on! No Google?

Reply

Jose Cosquet

…..every single time there’s an article about how internet affects our lives, sex and piracy are forgotten/omitted…… not having those two things would be the only real cause for implosion…. without them, all we’d need is 10 year old computers with 500 megabytes of storage space (unless you really love home made YouTube videos)….. you know it’s true…..

Reply

Anonymous

n what about the PIRATE BAY :p

Reply

druv vb

The day Google’s servers are down, most of the Internet would cripple down, causing lots and lots of “trouble” around the globe. No search?, no indexing, no references, and not having the ability to load data onto the servers would severely bring the technological world to a halt. Lets hope that the hardware supporting these sites don’t fail at the same time.

Reply

Ishan Shrivastava

Google and Gmail? Considering the spread of Android phones, If Google Servers go down.. it will be truly chaotic!

Reply

Vishal Mishra

First of all, why google is not there ? and wordpress should also be there in the list.

Reply

Raj Sarkar

Facebook totally deserves to be on top! :D

Reply

Nikhil Chandak

wat about google & microsoft ..??

Reply

Les M

I use none of those four
That must be why my orld is fine and dandy

Lisa Santika Onggrid

I don’t use FB, Twitter, or Reddit. But Amazon, well, there is no way you’ve never used its service since it hosts so many well-known sites. Sites you frequent might be one of their clients.

Reply

Lisa Santika Onggrid

Google. Most people seem to be under impression that to start using internet, you need Google.

Out of the four, Amazon’s downtime means half of the internet would be very quiet. It’s cause bigger panic than FB or Twitter.

By the way, since I never go to Reddit, what fiasco are you talking about?

Reply

Tara Moser

love the article, it is so true without these websites some of us would be lost. I use facebook just to stay in touch with friends and family and also to keep up to date on the latest news stories in short form.

Reply

Anonymous

Seriously … No GOOGLE … No WIkipedia.

Reply

Van

I don’t even know what is Reddit and I rarely log in to Twitter. Amazon? hm, not sure.
I check FB every 2hours but totally fine without it (ok not totally, but fine).
Google is the most crucial one for me, Google chrome, gmail, bookmarks, etc.
Anyone mentioned Skype?

Reply

Alex Perkins

I would like to say StumbleUpon, I use it daily while bored or just need to wait for a few minutes.

Reply

Prasanth Mathialagan

Dont forget google!!

Reply

Igor Rizvi?

Nice article,but as you said,there can be found alot of the alternative sites on internet.Internet is a wide “space of interest”,so a few hours or days without facebook,reddit and other few websites you mention woundt be much of a frustration for a daily internet user that knows what to found and what his interests are.Good article,Im sharing this

Reply

Zhong Jiang

Wikipedia, I don’t check for facebook/reddit/twitter for news trends because readings an actual news helps.

Your comment