Picture this: You have so many hungry, hungry customers hanging around your website with wallets open and credit cards out–that the site poofs into thin air.
A girl can dream right ;).
Amazon ran a special promotion this week but under-estimated the demand for the product from users with fast connections. At exactly 2pm EST, the offer was open (an Xbox core system at less than half-price). Unfortunately for Amazon, so many people were waiting for the promotion that the entire Amazon website – not just the promotion page – sank without a trace from just before 2pm, to at least 2:12pm. The home page, the product pages, everything, were unavailable.
Thanks to Geeking with Greg for the heads up.