Monday, July 2, 2012

After an extra second was added to the clock on Saturday to better align it with the Earth’s rotation schedule, a whole slew of websites from LinkedIn, Foursquare and Reddit to Mozlila, Yelp and Gawker sites experienced technical issues.

Known as a “leap second,” which is a basic one-second adjustment applied to the Coordinated Universal Time (UTC) to keep it up-to-date with solar time, the additional second added didn’t sit well with various web servers.

 Before Saturday, the last time the clock added a second was in 2008. It’s not unusual for sites to undergo difficulties processing the extra time, but overall, the process has always been a worldwide success.

The news comes just one day after a power outage from a storm in Virginia caused Amazon’s Elastic Compute Cloud, which powers sites such as Netflix, Pinterest and Instgram, to temporarily shut down.