It appeared that YouTube was having problems Thursday afternoon, with the site either not loading and producing an error message that said "Http/1.1 Service Unavailable," or loading extremely slow.
The problem seemed to have resolved itself after a few minutes, but for those of us intent on looking at videos of talking cats--I admit it--it was seriously inconvenient.
A few minutes later, YouTube itself updated the site with a message that said, "We are currently performing site maintenance. Be cool - we'll be back 100% in a bit."
A request for comment from YouTube was not immediately returned.