YouTube crashes, overwhelmed by Disney Skyliner videos |

YouTube crashes, overwhelmed by Disney Skyliner videos

0.000000012% of the Skyliner videos uploaded within the last hour. Photo collage via YouTube, now that it's running again.

The popular video site can handle a lot, but not this much.

SAN BRUNO, CA — The official opening of the new Disney Skyliner gondola system yesterday brought praise, delight — and millions of guest-shot videos of the experience. There were so many videos, in fact, that YouTube servers crashed under the strain.

“We routinely add over 500 hours of new video content every day,” said YouTube (the company) spokesperson Jun Tube (no relation). “And we can handle many times that. But it seems that everybody who rode the Skyliner yesterday wanted to video their experience and share it on YouTube. Everybody.”

If you’ve seen one…

The website was up and running again this morning after the overnight outage. We asked Tube (no relation) if any changes were being made to accommodate the demand.

“Don’t print this,” she said, “but we now have an algorithm that cuts down on the number of unique uploads. I mean, the Skyliner system only has three lines, so once you have a video in each direction, that’s only six different ride videos. So we just match them up and pretend a previously-uploaded video is that user’s upload. No one’s noticed yet.”

For previous Uncle Walt’s coverage of the Skyliner system, check out these articles:

 

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Cover photo: 0.000000012% of the Skyliner videos uploaded within the last hour. Photo collage via YouTube, now that it’s running again.