Take it as a good sign for the future of media — and perhaps a sign also of heightened interest in China's stock market crash and Greece's financial crisis — that so many people were alarmed by a small technical glitch which caused the New York Stock Exchange to temporarily shut down trading on Wednesday (it resumed trading after nearly 4 hours.)
The NYSE often halts trading for a variety of non-glitch reasons, but it is known to have experienced quite a few unexpected technical glitches in its history, too. This particular glitch was not much of a surprise to most professionals who watch it on a regular basis. In fact, NYSE treated the matter as formally as it always does its errors.
(1 of 2) We’re experiencing a technical issue that we’re working to resolve as quickly as possible.— NYSE (@NYSE) July 8, 2015
(2 of 2) We're doing our utmost to produce a swift resolution & will be providing further updates as soon as we can.— NYSE (@NYSE) July 8, 2015
(1 of 3) The issue we are experiencing is an internal technical issue and is not the result of a cyber breach.— NYSE (@NYSE) July 8, 2015
(2 of 3) We chose to suspend trading on NYSE to avoid problems arising from our technical issue.— NYSE (@NYSE) July 8, 2015
(3 of 3) NYSE-listed securities continue to trade unaffected on other market centers.— NYSE (@NYSE) July 8, 2015
Keep in mind, too, NYSE is legally required to keep communications about public information to a minimum. Still, we can take the jittery reaction as a sign that a lot of people are watching markets more closely in light of recent market phenomena.