Search Engine Optimization (SEO) Glossary

Fail Whale:

The "fail whale" is an illustrated image of small birds lifting a whale from the ocean.

When Twitter crashes, users are directed to an error message that reads, "Too many tweets! Please wait a moment and try again." The fail whale accompanies this message.

The artist of the original fail whale illustration is Yiying Lu, who had posted the image to the stock photo web site, iStockPhoto.com. Many people have formed an affinity for the fail whale, resulting in a multitude of fan dedications such as www.failwhale.com and www.whatisfailwhale.info.








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