Software, Technology

How-to: Get Web Service Status Using Downrightnow

Downrightnow Homepagedownrightnow monitors the status of your favorite web services, combining user reports and official announcements to tell you when there’s service trouble. You can help! File a report here or on Twitter to let others know when you’ve encountered a bug or outage.

The answer to those times on the web when you ask “is it me?” Your connection, your browser, your device? Or has the site or service lost the plot? Is there a service interruption or outage? If so, how bad is it? Who’s affected? The site downrightnow is a crowd-sourced portal providing status for the most popular web services and sites.

You know the feeling: you’re happily using one of your favourite web sites when, all of a sudden, you’re interrupted by an error message. It can be frustrating. Is there a bug in the web site, or is your Internet provider acting up again? Where can you turn to find out if others are having the same problem?

downrightnow was created to tell you when popular web services are experiencing trouble. It pulls together information from several sources to determine when there’s an outage or other disruption:

  • Reports from users who visit downrightnow
  • Public messages on Twitter from users who are having service trouble
  • Official company announcements and status reports
  • Other third-party web sites that monitor service status

You can visit downrightnow to stay informed. You’ll get real-time updates on the status of the most popular web services, both official and unofficial, all in one place. You can also file a report whenever you notice a service issue – it is very simple, easy and you’ll let others know they aren’t the only ones having trouble.

downrightnow was conceived, designed and developed by Unitz LLC, a web development firm based in Washington, DC and the New York City area.

About Allan J. Smithie

Allan J. Smithie is a journalist and commentator based in Dubai.


2 thoughts on “How-to: Get Web Service Status Using Downrightnow

  1. Always thinking there ought to be a service where you can check uptimes and report downtimes – and there is! I shall use this.

    Posted by Major Edward | December 17, 2012, 6:30 pm
  2. wow! thanks for sharing this information! this is great and i enjoyed sharing with my friends.

    Posted by Claudia19 | December 29, 2012, 12:23 pm

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