Facebook Goes Down for 10 Minutes; Causing Confusion for Some & Hysteria for Others
Can you imagine a life without Facebook? An untold number of people got a taste of that scenario for several minutes today when the social media site went dead for around 10 minutes. It was the second time the site went down this week, according to some reports, although the previous outage only lasted for about five minutes.
Starting around 12:30 p.m. Eastern Standard Time today, the Facebook homepage went dead, sending users to other social media sites to report and comment on the problem. VentureBeat reported that its worldwide staff couldn’t reach the social network.
Different Messages Reported
Different messages appeared on the Facebook site, according to reports.
Some users saw a generic “Service Unavailable” error. Others saw a “Sorry, something went wrong.” message followed by “We’re working on it and we’ll get it fixed as soon as we can.”
Reports varied about the extent to which mobile apps were affected. Many users initially thought they were having an individual problem, but soon, it became clear it was a global outage.
One user tweeted a picture of North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un seated at a desktop computer surrounded by soldiers and wrote: Kim Jon-un stop playing on that computer!! You are interfering #Facebook!!”
Another tweeted: “Is everybody ok? Did something happen? Are the zombies attacking? I’m scared!!!”
Facebook Resurrects; Users Relieved
When Facebook resurrected, one person tweeted a video of people partying.
Facebook’s “Platform Status” page, which is used to communicate when the site is broken, why and when it will be fixed, was also hit by the problem and was inaccessible, according to the London, U.K.-based The Independent.
Facebook’s had a major outage in January, the Independent noted.
Hackers took credit for the outage then, but the problem was eventually attributed to an error by Facebook.
Many people wondered what would happen if the outage lasted for a long time.
User Reactions of #facebookdown on Twitter
Where are people going to publicly complain now? #facebookdown
— Mario (@OmuletulReal) September 24, 2015
Sorry I'm late tweeting this. Had to drive round 87 friends to show them what I was having for dinner and a picture of my kids #facebookdown
— Pete Moss (@Peteamadeusmoss) September 24, 2015
Facebook goes down and immediately everybody turns to Twitter to see if Facebook is really down #facebookdown
— Paige (@Paige_IsBatman) September 24, 2015
#facebookdown day 1, minute 3: we still have electricity, poppa has been hoarding antibiotics and microbrews. We're gonna ride this out.
— Adam Mordecai (@advodude) September 24, 2015
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