Here’s Why Facebook Went Down

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Last Thursday, Facebook was down for about 30 minutes. When we first reported about it here, it was still unsure as to what the cause of the issue was. Users who tried to log in at that time only got the message that said: ?Sorry, something went wrong. We?re working on getting this fixed as soon as we can.?

The outage caused quite a big frenzy on the Internet with people going to other social media outlets like Twitter and Instagram to voice out their displeasure. Some users aired out their grievances while others just went on sarcastically about how people could have a real life when Facebook is down.

Facebook didn?t immediately comment about what caused the outage. The main reason for the outage? A software glitch. According to an emailed statement from Facebook, they said: ?Late last night, we ran into an issue while updating the configuration of one of our software systems. Not long after we made the change, some people started to have trouble accessing Facebook. We quickly spotted and fixed the problem, and in less than 30 minutes Facebook was back to 100% for everyone. This doesn?t happen often, but when it does we make sure we learn from the experience so we can make Facebook that much more reliable. Nothing is more important to us than making sure Facebook is there when people need it, and we apologize to anyone who may have had trouble connecting last night.?

There you have it. Facebook prides itself as a service that runs 100% of the time and this setback could have damaged their reputation for existing members. One thing to remember is that Facebook isn?t just used by regular people to keep in touch with their online social lives but it is also used by various businesses as well. When Facebook goes down, so do those businesses. Facebook has around 1.28 billion monthly active users together with 1.01 billion mobile monthly active users as of March 31, 2014. That?s a massive business for Facebook but what is equally as massive would be all the servers needed to keep Facebook running 100% of the time. Were you one of those affected by the downtime?

Photo Source: Facebook website

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