Fastly broke the internet — we informed our customers about it before Fastly did

  • June 8, 2021
  • Steven van Vessum

Earlier today, the internet was severely broken.

No, it wasn't Kim Kardashian's doing — CDN provider Fastly was experiencing issues (opens in a new tab).

The scope was massive, resulting in limited availability (if any) for sites like CNN, the Guardian, Hulu, Reddit, Spotify, Amazon, the UK government website and many others (opens in a new tab).

As a platform that monitors tens of thousands of websites, we immediately noticed something was very wrong.

ContentKing sent an abbundance of alerts

Our platform started firing off alerts as it saw our customer's pages suddenly started returning 5xx status codes:

Screenshot showing 5xx server errors ContentKing detected

Pay close attention to the time (CET timezone) on the X-asis and compare that to the time when the Fastly incident was reported (11:58 CET) — we were informing our customers about it before Fastly even reported it 😎

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Steven is ContentKing's VP of Community. This means he's involved in everything community and content marketing related. Right where he wants to be. He gets a huge kick out of letting websites rank and loves to talk SEO, content marketing and growth.