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Short-lived glitches plague YouTube

The video-sharing site either would not load at all Thursday, or loaded very slowly. But the problems resolved fairly quickly.

YouTube was having problems Thursday afternoon, either not loading at all or loading extremely sluggishly. Daniel Terdiman/CNET

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.