The White Ribbon On The Google Search Page That Crashed The UN Women Website.
Google recently led to the crash (partial crash at least) of the unwomen.org website. This happened when they placed a link to it on the Google search main page. No harm was actually meant, as the search giant’s aim was to commemorate the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women. This was also visible on the Google Chrome web browser. The UN women’s website actually struggled to stay online.
Moving away from there long time traditions of placing a logo doodle, they opted to put a white ribbon bellow the search box. For Chrome users, it appeared below the Google search box, and the website thumbnail of your recently visited sites.
The site was in a limbo between staying online and being entirely down. Other instances it just loaded very slowly and in other cases still, you got the Service Unavailable (HTTP Error 503) webpages.
This was predominant in the earlier hours of the day. When the link was clicked, users got a slow response. After several minutes of waiting, it would finally load, but my guess is that most casual internet passersby would have already moved on by then. The whole incident was a shame since the article, which the link actually led to was an important awareness raising effort towards the focus on gender equality and empowerment for women.
More on that, UN took that day, the 25th of November, to mark International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women. This date also marks the date that the three Mirabal sisters were assassinated in 1960. They were political activists in the Dominican Republic.
I have to say that despite the websites down time, there twitter account remained active and was the alternative source for all required information to keep you current.
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