How does DownDetector work?

Is DownDetector reliable?

  • Retailers have Cyber Monday
  • Tax prep sites (in the US) have the April 15 filing deadline
  • Superbowl advertisers get a flood of users when their spot runs
  • Sports sites get a flood of users during big games
  • … and so on.

DownDetector lacks crucial information.

Is DownDetector safe?

How to determine if a website is up or down

  1. User sentiment, such as DownDetector and on Twitter (search for “company-name down” and “company-name outage”).
  2. Monitoring websites, such as Downhound.
  3. Website status pages. Some websites publish their current uptime on a status page. Google for “company-name status page”.

Example: Apple

Conclusion

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