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The image of a whale being carried by a number of birds that appears when the Twitter website is overloaded or has failed. Failwhale appears to now have his/her own fanclub.

Word origin: from fail + whale (probably for rhyming purposes).
Sad that Twitter had failed just when he needed it most, he was somewhat consoled by the appearance of his beloved Failwhale.
by NenyaQuende June 15, 2008
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The logo of the microblogging service Twitter, displayed prominently on its error page signifying server overload. Fail Whale is a common occurrence.
I wanted to submit twits for this day, but all I got was a Fail Whale.
by TweenkPL April 07, 2009
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Randy: " oh God please Dear god no.."
*fail whale"
Randy: "* bangs head on keyboard* My life is over"
Me: " you okay?"
by Sully:) May 16, 2009
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A annoying blue whale that turns up on the homescreen when popular social networking site Twitter goes overcapacity.
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.
If Twitter goes overcapacity again, Imma throw that damn #Failwhale into the oilspill
by iHEARTShiaLaBeouf June 15, 2010
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a giant whale which appears at times of epic fail.
'Crap, I tried to jump the step but landed on my face instead'
'Jack, you just summoned the fail whale'
by Benjy-x June 28, 2009
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Extreme fail, usually said after something you strongly disapprove of.
I was so pumped to go to the party on Saturday, but Heather wasn't even there. Fail whale!
by Scalcar June 06, 2009
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