Verizon's conceited server error (downtime) message

I've never seen this kind of marketing spin on a server error page before. But it kind of rubs me the wrong way.

I'd like to see the same implementation when you call in for customer support: "We are experiencing extremely high call volumes because of the unprecedented trouble people are having with our network."

For the record, I actually do like Verizon. Just not their tone here. =]

Also, Verizon: your list items would look better if they were inline with the rest of the text.

Security question: your best friend's last name has to be at least 6 characters

While checking out on, they provide an option to create an account. This requires answering a security question. But... they require your answer to be at least 6 characters.

So rather than just answering the question, I had to hunt for a question where my answer would be at least 6 characters. (Another question was the name of my pet growing up, which I also couldn't use because it was less than 6 characters.) Kinda dumb.

Follus us on Twitter!

There's nothing worse than designing a masterpiece only to have your developer misspell a word and for no one to catch it when the site goes live. But that's exactly what happened to this site.

This typo has since been fixed, but it was pretty funny to watch the designer's reaction as I pointed this out to him when he showed me the site. Classic.

Wow, this might be the worst yet: Microsoft's Visual Studio site doesn't show up in Chrome. At all.

This might be the worst OOPS yet posted to this blog. I saw a tweet earlier pointing out that the Microsoft Visual Studio website (at doesn't show up in Google Chrome. We're not talking about a dropdown menu that doesn't work or some misaligned elements. We're talking, the whole dang site... just, doesn't even show up.

How is that even possible? That takes some sheer talent right there. Well done, Microsoft!