Prepare for the next Gmail, Facebook, or Twitter outage by checking out these “website down” services. These sites tell you if site is down for everyone, or just you. But with many of these websites having such similar-sounding names, it’s hard to keep track of which site does what. We’re here to help. Here are the five best websites for checking the status of your favorite sites and services.
1. Down for Everyone or Just Me?
(Down for Everyone or Just Me?)
Also available through Short URL at isup.me, Down for Everyone or Just Me? offers a minimal, stripped down interface. Just pop in the website’s URL into the search bar, and the site does the rest. Your query will be answered with something like “It’s not just you! [WEBSITE NAME] looks down from here.”
Google’s App Status Dashboard is a simple webpage that shows you the outages all Google services have experienced in the past seven days. Services like Gmail, Hangouts, Google Drive, Maps, and more are all represented. If you are constantly using Google services for work or school, you should have this page bookmarked.
Down Right Now offers an outage monitoring service that is powered by user reports and official announcements. You can see at a glance whether popular websites are “up,” experiencing “possible service trouble,” or having a “Likely Service Disruption.”
Available through a short URL (iidrn.com), Is It Down Right Now? offers you the ability to check a specific site, or to view the status of popular services like Netflix, Facebook, YouTube, Steam, and many more. Once added to your toolbar, their bookmarklet button will let you to check the status of a site from your browser’s toolbar.
Just Down For Me? is handy because, where possible, they provide the IP address of the website from when it was last working. This allows you to try accessing it directly without the domain name. It may not be pretty, but this site can be quite helpful. That being said, it has some issues, which we’ll outline below.