This is not a Whale.

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The "Fail Whale" is this above graphic of a whale held up by a flock of birds illustrated by Yiying Lu.

It was used during periods of downtime by the social networking service Twitter.com, which allows users to submit and share brief messages known colloquially as "tweets." When Twitter gets overloaded, users see the "Fail Whale" error message.

‘Fail Whale’ Gives Frustrated Twitterers Something to Smile About. - Wired Magazine

Fail Whale 2009:
fail whale twitter over capacity

Fail Whale 2010 - 2011
fail whale twitter over capacity

Fail Whale 2012
fail whale twitter over capacity

:: Some High-Lights ::

* Fail Whale 3D Sculpture by @Hil121:
3D fail whale sculpture

Video of Fail Whale 3D Sculpture and Fail Whale Sculpture set on Flickr:

* Fail Whale's cameo role on SuperNews! "Twouble with Twitters"

* Fail Whale's cameo role on SuperNews! "Celebrity Twitter Overkill"


* Fail Whale Tattoo on @critter:
Fail Whale Tattoo @critter


* Lego Fail Whale and its making process by @tveskov:
Fail Whale Lego

* Paper quilled Fail Whale by @allthingspaper :
Fail Whale Lego

* Fail Whale Ballon in Japan skyward for the Asagaya Tanabata festival in Tokyo:
Fail Whale Lego

* Fail Whale inspired Makeup Tutorial by @QueenOfBlending:


* Fail Pig by @FabioRex:
FailPig

* Fail Whale Pale Ale Label Contest was held last year by TweetHunt:
* Fail Whale Pale Ale Label entry by Jason of Gorilla Sushi:
Fail Whale Pale Ale Label Contest

* Fail Whale Pale Ale Label entry by Brian Cook:
Fail Whale Pale Ale Label Contest

* Fail Whale Pale Ale Label entry by @dirtdirt:
Fail Whale Pale Ale Label Contest

Fail Whale Pale Ale Label entry by @seanosteen:
Fail whale Pale Ale @seanosteen:

* FAILparty Fail Whale Pale Ale Tap Handle:
Fail Whale Pale Ale Handle

* Harmless Fail Whale Hunting Game @diefailwhale:
Fail Whale Game

* Fail Whale 3D Model Mono-toned Art Work by @southerngfx:
Fail Whale 3D Model Art Work

* Fail Whale 3D Model Colored Art Work by @southerngfx:
Fail Whale 3D Model Art Work

* Fail Whale Cake by @rocknrollgeek:
fail whale cake

* Fail Whale Cake by @wildflourbakery:
failcake @wildflourbakery

* Fail Whale Cupcake on Flickr by sweetlibertinecakes:
Fail Whale cup cake

* Fail Whale Cupcake from The Suisse Shop Bakery:
Fail Whale Cup Cake

* Fail Homer Simpson Whale by @noticiasda:

Fail Whale Homer Simpson

* British singer-songwriter Imogen Heap (@imogenheap) in Fail Whale Tee:
imogen heap fail whale

* Oprah Winfrey (@Oprah) Fail Whale by @boroughbaby (thx to @davebobak)
Fail Whale Oprah Winfrey

*
Gavin Newsom (@GavinNewsom) Fail Whale on SF Weekly:
Gavin Newsom Fail Whale on SF Weekly

* @BaltimoreMD gets 3000 followers on Twitter, @ryanatmghwom gets Fail Whale Tattoo:
Baltimore Twitter 3000 followers

On February 23, 2009 @ryanatmghwom pledged to the Twitter community that if @BaltimoreMD gained 1300 followers to reach 3000 before @visitchicago and @travelportland he would get a Fail Whale tattoo. We got the followers and then he got the tattoo. Here he is getting inked at Saints and Sinners in Baltimore. Notice the Fail Whale has a Baltimore twist, Mr. Boh of Natty Boh is flying him away.

* LED Fail Whale by @seanosteen:
LED Fail Whale Peggy

* Nick Quaranto (@qrush)'s “Eureka?moment on "Failwhale" Name:
nick quaranto Fail Whale

* Fail Whale's appearance in Episode 20 of Japanese Toradora Anime:
Toradora Fail Whale

* 3D Rendered Fail Whale by @mugginz:
Fail Whale 3D Rendering

* Twitter Fail Whale cake by Mariana Pugliese
Fail Whale 3D Rendering

* Fail Whale Cake by Dan Morelle:
painted fail whale dache

* Fail Whale Cake by Anna Rascouët-Paz:
painted fail whale dache

* Painted Fail Whale by @dache:
painted fail whale dache

* Fail Whale image mosaic of 100 photos by software architect @cjcraft:
Fail Whale Mosaic

* A Whale of a Day by @mousewords:

A Whale a Day @mousewords

* ASCII Fail Whale Art on Strawp:
ASCII Fail Whale Art Strawp

*Fail Whale Lighting via @chrisjm:
Fail Whale Lighting

* 3D Rendered Fail Whale by @stephenallred:
3D rendering fail whale

* Fail Whale Brekky by @davidhoang:
Fail Whale breakfast


* Sand Fail Whale by @ijustine:
sand fail whale


* Fail Whale Pumpkin Carving via @jrmozart:
fail whale pumpkin carving

* Fail Whale WWII Dramatization (NSFW) - No Twitter for Hitler:


* Fail Whale on Paper by @davidhoang:

* Which ASCII Fail Whale is Superior Quiz
ASCII Fail Whale Superior Quiz

* Fail Whale the MoMA Master Piece, Circa 2025 spotted by @sass:
Fail Whale in Moma

* Fail Whale Pop Art by @augustj:
Fail Whale Pop Art

* Fail Whale on Live Friday Design Competitions Layer Tennis by Jennifer Daniel:
Fail Whale Layer Tennis

* Twitter Encyclopedia by @CharlieCurve:
Twitter Encyclopedia

* Twitter / Fail Bird illustration by @MyklRoventine:
Fail Whale Bird

* Twitter / Fail Bird illustration by @Phillustrations:
Phillustrations

* Twitter / Fail Bird illustration by @hellvetica:
fail bird

* Fail Whale Embroidery by @emdot:
Fail Whale Embroidery
Fail Whale Embroidery

* Pixo Fail Whale by @charlottespeaks:
Pixo Fail Whale

* Fail Whale in Crayon by @MikeWas:
Fail Whale in Crayon

* Airbrushed Fail Whale Painting by @Diamondie:
painted and airbrushed

*
Qui veut la peau de twitter? by @GeoffreyDorne:
twitter geoffrey dorne

* Murdered Fail Whale by @nickbilton:
murdered fail whale

* Fail Whale Doodle by @nozzman:
fail whale doodle

* Fail Whale Art Work by Michel Briat:
Yiying Lu Michel Briant

* Desktop art Fail Whale illustration by @G_Obieta:
Fail Whale Desktop art

* @GioLovesYou plays matchmaker with Fail Whale:
Mixed Media Fail Whale

* The 'Real Life Fail Whale' composite by @edrabbit:
real life fail whale

* A Symbol of Failure Inspires: A Round Up Of Twitter Fail Whale Sightings by @lauralsweet:
fail whale sighting

* FailWhale.info an entire site dedicated to Fail Whale by @TimRogers:
fail whale info

* Fail Whale Name Origin Discussion on Flickr:
flcikr fish fail whale twitter

* Fail Whale('s tail) on Shorty Awards in New York City Feb 2009 -
The folks behind the shorties are: @semel, @gregory, @varga, @atw

shorty Awards fail whale

* Fail Whale Martini at Shorty Awards:
Fail Whale Martini Shorty Awards

* Fail Whale Drink Recipe via @BlackTwitterati:

The Fail Whale Martini

- 1 part Absolute
- 1 part Cointreau
- 1 part Blue Curacao
- Lime Slice
Pour over ice and mix in a shaker. Serve in martini glasses.

The Fail Whale Martini II (a variation on the Blue Whale)

- 1 part Vodka or Gin (depending on who you ask)
- 1 part Blue Curacao
- 1 part Orange Juice
- 1 part Pineapple Juice
- 1 part Sweet and Sour Mix
Pour ingredients over ice and mix in a shaker. Strain into tall glasses.
Garnish with a plastic blue whale and a cherry. Serve.

The Fail Whale Drink, according to FailWhaleDrink.com is:

- 1 Glass of Heineken
- 0.5 shot of Blue Curacao
- 0.5 shoto of Vodka
- 1 Sardine (if available)
Drop the shot of Vodka and Blue Curacao into the pint glass heineken, garnish with a Sardine.

There's also the Fail Whale Iced Tea:

- 0.5 oz Blue Curacao
- 0.5 oz Gin
- 0.5 oz Rum
- 0.5 oz Triple sec
- 0.5 oz OVAL Vodka
Directions:
Pour all the ingredients over ice. Shake and garnish with a lemon squeeze.


:: Stories of Fail Whale on the internet ::

* Fail Whale Story on Mashable By Zachary Sniderman:Fail Whale on CNN

* Fail Whale Story on CNN By John D. Sutter
Fail Whale on CNN

* Fail Whale Story on New York Times by Rob Walker
Fail Whale on New York Times Consumed

* Fail Whale on NPR:
Fail Whale NPR


* Fail Whale Party featured on Wired Magazine by Jenna Wortham:
Fail Whale Party Wired

* Lifting a Dreamer (Fail Whale Artist Interview) on Verge by Vlad Savov:
Fail Whale Party Wired

* Fail Whale Was Almost A Fail Elephant: on PandoDaily by Paul Carr:
Fail Whale Read Write Web Story

* Fail Whale Story on ReadWriteWeb by Sarah Perez:
Fail Whale Read Write Web Story

* Win Penguin on Huffington Post:
Fail Whale Read Write Web Story


* Twitter “Pale Whale” Unveiled to Celebrate Tonight’s Premiere of “Conan”
on Mashable by
Brenna Ehrilich
Fail Whale Read Write Web Story

*Twitter Kills the Fail Whale, One Tweet at a Time on New York Times by Nick Bilton

Fail Whale on New York Times Consumed


Thanks to all: @aoaaie, @augustj, @atw, @BaltimoreMD, @BlackTwitterati, Brian Cook, @boroughbaby, @chadscott, @charlottespeaks, @CharlieCurve, @chrisjm, @cjcraft, @critter, @cyrius01, @dache, @davebobak, @davidhoang, @Diamondie, @dirtdirt, @edrabbit, @emdot,

@FabioRex, @fibbery, @G_Obieta, @GeoffreyDorne, @GioLovesYou, @gregory, Gorilla Sushi, Hack A Day, @hellvetica, @hil121, @ideabrian, @ijustine, @imogenheap,@jennydeluxe, @jrmozart, @lauralsweet, @layertennis, @MikeWas, @mousewords, @mr_bill, @mugginz, @MyklRoventine, Neil.E.Pearson, @netik, @nickbilton, @Phillustrations, @qrush, @nozzman, @raeioul, @ryanatmghwom, Rob Walker,@sass, @sarahintampa, @seanosteen, @semel, @skytsang, @southerngfx, @stephenallred, @tveskov, @TimRogers, @timishungry, @toms, @wildflourbakery, @x, and @varga

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