Quirky error message briefly replaces Emerson homepage

by Alexander C. Kaufman / Beacon Staff • March 3, 2012

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The college's homepage displays this questionable message.
The college's homepage displays this questionable message.

SEATTLE — The Emerson.edu homepage was briefly replaced by an all-white page displaying the message "uhhh oh hai."

Other pages were unchanged and the site was restored by 9:10 p.m. Information technology staff created the page while repairing a server issue, the college tweeted.

"IT says we were not hacked," read a tweet from @EmersonCollege. "It was a server issue that is now resolved."

Five minutes later, the college tweeted that the unusual error page was a "placeholder testing text for load balancing failures."

College officials could not be immediately reached for comment.

Matthew Keys, a social media editor at Reuters, said the college's digital gaffe appeared like site was hacked.

"Might I offer you a tip?" he tweeted to @EmersonCollege. "Construct a better placeholder that doesn't make it seem like you were hacked."

The college promptly replied, saying it agreed with Keys' advice.

"We agree. It's been changed," read the tweet to @ProducerMatthew. "But at least it offered some comic relief?".


Correction: An earlier version of this story ran with the headline saying the college's website was hacked. The homepage appeared hacked.