Trade Me back online
Trade Me has overcome its glitch and is back online with plans to extend more than 30,000 auctions affected by the outage.
New Zealand's most popular website went offline shortly after noon today, and battled for an hour to get up and running again after being apparently brought down by technical issues.
The auction site, which operates in real time, will extend 38, 093 listings due to close between 11am and 1.30pm that were affected by the outage which ended at 1pm, Trade Me spokesman Paul Ford said.
On the site's official Twitter account, concerned users were told the listings would be extended by five hours.
Users trying to access Trade Me during the glitch instead met a banner depicting the auction site's Kiwi mascot tripped over a banana skin, saying the site was out of action and apologising for the inconvenience.
A flood of concerned users took to social media to ask when the popular site, which runs on real time, would get up and running again.
Mr Ford said the issue was related to the way data was synchronised inside Trade Me.
"We've taken the site down as a precaution while the tech crew get their heads in there and sort it out," Ford said.
"Obviously we're sorry for any inconvenience for our members and we will get it sorted as soon as possible.
"We will be extending listings that have been affected to minimise hassles for our members."
Users took to Twitter just after noon to ask how long the site would be down.
"Hurry I've got auctions," one user tweeted.
TradeMe responded to tweets saying it was working to get the site back online.
"We've got some technical issues at the moment so the site is down," it wrote.
"We're working on it - back up as soon as we can."
New Zealand's most popular website boasts more than 3.2 million users and an average 700,000 individual users visit its site each day.
Ford said Trade Me would be keeping people updated on Twitter and Facebook.
- © Fairfax NZ News
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