Workplaces Ground to Halt as Gen Z & Millennials Sought Taylor Swift Tickets

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Work ground to a halt on November 15th and November 16th in Gen Z and Millenial workplaces for an unusual reason. Taylor Swift tickets were on presale.

Tickets were supposed to go on sale at 10 a.m. local venue time on Ticketmaster on Tuesday, but thousands of Swifties (the name for dedicated Taylor Swift fans) took to Twitter to vent their anger at Ticketmaster for countless server errors. Ticketmaster even paused East Coast sales temporarily after millions of Taylor Swift fans flooded their servers.

These fans all had to be pre-verified fans in order to access the presale but then had to wait in queues for hours with thousands of other fans, throwing work to the wayside, while facing numerous errors.

The drama continued on Wednesday as the postponed Capital One cardholder presale, starting at 2 p.m. local venue time, again caused fans to waste countless hours waiting in neverending queues.

Ticketmaster Admits Fault

Ten minutes after the West Coast ticket sales were supposed to go on sale, Ticketmaster finally posted an update on their Twitter saying that West Coast sales would be postponed until 3 p.m., admitting that the millions of fans who showed up to buy tickets had overwhelmed their servers:

Our editors were some of those desperately trying to buy tickets on the West Coast when Ticketmaster kept showing 500 server errors.

Even Politicians Get in on the Debacle

Democrat (AOC) tweeted the following:

Fans even asked if Joe Bien had a plan to unpause the Ticketmaster queue:

What Went Wrong

It’s hard to say why Ticketmaster wasn’t prepared for the influx of traffic. They saw Spotify crash a few weeks ago with the release of the new ‘Midnights’ album and had a clear estimate of how many Swifties were verified fans, and, therefore, eligible for the presale. Most tech companies stress-test their servers before major events. Amazon tests all of their services before Black Friday. Netflix stress tests their servers before major releases. So why didn’t Ticketmaster?

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Twitter Goes Wild

With all the chaos, many went to Twitter to complain:

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Bobby is a viola player who currently lives in Seattle. He has been playing viola for over 20 years in various orchestras.


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