Our most important personal information resides on Big Tech’s servers. If a problem causes a website to shut down, our photos, videos, games, bank statements and profiles are inaccessible. Have you ever wondered which websites and services are most prone to failures? Tool tester used the data collected over the last 12 months by Downdetector to figure it out.
The most important thing to remember was that gaming sites had the hardest time staying online, with 211 total outages. PC gamers were hit with 99 outages last year when trying to use Steam, due to issues with the website and online game servers. Xbox owners experienced 63 outages affecting Xbox Live and the PlayStation Network suffered 49 outages.
Add the fact that Discord, a chat service popularized by the gaming community, has experienced the most outages over the past year, with 129 outages in total. Then there’s YouTube, which is popular among game streamers, with 65 outages. Gamers are far from the only users affected by outages, but they certainly seem to be suffering a disproportionate amount.
Social media services have also suffered in the past 12 months. Instagram had 81 blackouts, the third most of all services and the most of all traditional social platforms. Meanwhile, Twitter has gone down 54 times, Snapchat 46 times, Facebook 41 times, and TikTok 30 times.
The news was not all bad for US users. The numbers of website outages are almost all worse in the UK. And a few services performed admirably in comparison: Google Maps, WhatsApp, Slack, Microsoft, Amazon Prime, and Google Drive were all in the top 10 websites with the fewest downtime.
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(Editor’s note: Downdetector is owned by Ookla, which in turn is owned by Ziff Davis, the publisher of PCMag.)
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