While many fumed over the failings of the Australian Census website on Tuesday night, others found a more cheerful way to pass the time.
As the ever-spinning 'loading' screens and error notifications continued late into Tuesday night, many took to Twitter with memes, comic jibes, and even some helpful suggestions for the Australian Bureau of Statistics.
Here are some of the best from Tuesday night and Monday morning.
Given that millions of Australians can play Pokemon Go at once and it doesn't crash is a good reason to outsource the census to Nintendo— Tim Beshara (@Tim_Beshara) August 9, 2016
Some tried to envision the goings-on behind the scenes as the ABS and politicians scrambled to deal with the problem.
— Chris Chamberlin (@popculturechris) August 9, 2016
Others poked fun at $55,000 spent on testing the website -- which the Australian Bureau of Statistics had earlier boasted could withstand double the amount of traffic that would be required.
There were even some conspiracy theories floated.
#CensusFail We will all be fined. This has been a cunning plan to get rid of the deficit.— The True Believers (@TrueBelieversAu) August 9, 2016
And then there were those who simply refused to admit defeat -- even after Census Australia confirmed that the website would be down for the remainder of the night.
By Wednesday morning, jokes turned to conspiracy theories including the debate about why the wildly popular hashtag #CensusFail stopped trending on Twitter.
After years of people suggesting online voting at elections. Govt devises plan to shut them up. #CensusFail— Rev Filthy (@RevFilthy) August 9, 2016
Suggest a correction
Is it strange for a government agency to "reassure" people their data is safe by claiming they were hacked? #CensusFail— Jen Dudley-Nicholson (@jendudley) August 9, 2016