Guy 2: "Well he does have his own gravitation point"
Guy 1: "lol - He just wont recognise his place in life. He's such a failwhale"
Guy 2: "Amen"
Word origin: from fail + whale (probably for rhyming purposes).
It is depicted as being carried by a flock of blue birds (the Twitter "mascots") to show that the load taken by the microblogging site is to huge to be processed.
In my opinion, it's plain irritating.
Rhys: Yeah she's a total social hand grenade.
Sophia: I know right? Well she just did a massive Fail Whale and everyone decided to throw her into the ocean. How ironic!
Rhys: Alanis Morissette butchered that word. Never speak of it again.