10/13/2006

YouTube Confusion Shuts Down Utube Site

Filed under: — By Aviran Mordo @ 4:12 pm

YouTube’s enormous popularity has created a big headache for another “utube” - a company that sells used machines that make tubes.

Universal Tube & Rollform Equipment Corp.’s Web site, utube.com, was inaccessible for most of the week, overwhelmed by millions of people looking for the popular online video site.

The confusion took off a couple of months ago, said Ralph Girkins, Universal Tube’s president.

The company with just 17 employees got 68 million hits on its site in August, making it one of the most popular manufacturing Web sites.

The site shut down last weekend just before Google Inc. announced plans Monday to buy YouTube for $1.65 billion. A move to a new server didn’t help, but by late Thursday Universal Tube’s site was back up after the company added more capacity.

Source: AP

 

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