Facebook was down for about 30 minutes early Thursday morning a little before 4am Eastern. That meant that none of Facebook?s 1.2 billion users who tried to check their accounts were able to get in. Instead, they were greeted with an error message that said: ?Sorry, something went wrong. We’re working on getting this fixed as soon as we can.?
This is by far the longest outage the giant social media site has ever suffered. The site was back up and running shortly thereafter. If you look at things from a global perspective, although the time in the US may have been in the very early hours, that just means that it is peak time somewhere else around the world.
Since Facebook was down, users went to other social media to express their concerns and frustration most notably on Twitter. There were various reactions ranging from frustration to downright sarcasm. A tweet from one user said: ?Facebook went down for 30 minutes, forcing people to eat their food without photographing it.? While others like the popular humor site 9GAG mentioned: ?Either Facebook is down or Mark Zuckerberg just set everything to PRIVATE.?
Sarcasm aside though, there is also some truth to people?s frustration. Facebook prides itself on that fact that it never crashes and the site provides a huge chunk of people?s online social lives. It?s almost assumed that Facebook is always up and running.
A quote by Jesse Eisenberg, who played an angry Mark Zuckerberg in the movie The Social Network, said: ?Let me tell you the difference between Facebook and everybody else, we don’t crash ever! If the servers are down for even a day, our entire reputation is irreversibly destroyed.? Here we are now; 4 years later from when the movie was launched and we are now experiencing the longest downtime the site has ever seen although not as bad as a day.
This shows how much Facebook has integrated in the lives of people. Some people can?t seem to live without the social network anymore while others could care less. The cause of the outage isn?t yet known and we don?t know if this is a sign that there are problems with the website or if it?s just a temporary thing.
Will you be able to live without Facebook? Let us know in the comments.
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