Twitter’s dreaded Fail Whale surfaced for a few minutes this afternoon, and confusion quickly turned to despair:

https://twitter.com/dustin_petry/status/269193618152112128

https://twitter.com/itslukebrooks_/status/269194414893694976

Talk about desperate measures.

Um, we wish Twitter had stayed down for that guy.

https://twitter.com/iownjd/status/269193913309470720

Thankfully, Twitter returned, and there was much rejoicing:

https://twitter.com/InMyOwnWORLDDD/status/269194202322190336

https://twitter.com/horansta/status/269192682407071744

https://twitter.com/vgetable/status/269192787650560000

https://twitter.com/_kiyomichan/status/269193475721924608

Snort.