You know that feeling you get when your Internet connection goes down. Panic, right?
If it is down, it's preventing you from getting work done, and communicating with family and friends. Worse, you can't watch content from streaming services like Netflix, listen to streaming music, or play online games. Plus, you can't watch cable TV or make phone calls from your landline if they're connected to the Internet.
So, you try to fix it by rebooting your computer and turning your modem and Wi-Fi router off and on. If that doesn't work, you make the dreaded phone call to your provider. Which is almost pointless since you'll get locked in a voicemail system, only to get connected with a representative who just says, "Our system is down."
You don't need to do any of that with Downdetector. In fact, you could save yourself a lot of aggravation by using it to find out if your provider is having problems.