Twitter has had a fantastic morning this Thursday – as I’m sure many of you will know, Facebook suffered an outage that lasted just over 30 minutes for some.
Users worldwide struggled to get onto their favourite social platform from 8.53am (BST) no doubt as us Brits were just settling down into our office chairs to routinely ‘check our emails’.
You can just imagine my horror as I went to inform the world how my appointment at the doctors went (really well by the way) and was unable to refresh my newsfeed.
As you can imagine, users turned to other social networking sites in their time of need as Facey suffered it’s longest outage in four years, effecting both the site and the smartphone and tablet apps.
Although the cause of the outage is not yet known, Facebook made the following statement:
“Earlier this morning, we experienced an issue that prevented people from posting to Facebook for a brief period of time. We resolved the issue quickly, and we are now back to 100%. We’re sorry for any inconvenience this may have caused.”
It does make one worry slightly – not at the prospect of not being able to keep everyone updated on my current bill of health (did I mention that it’s great btw?) but at the thought of an error being big enough to take down the site on a global scale – we’re not just talking a single server failure here.
And I have to admit – my whole online life did flash before my eyes a little. For a split second, I worried about my account – all my photos, my messages – hell, I even wished I’d taken note of some of those event invitations.
Last week I looked into what might happen to our online legacy if we die but there’s a thought – what if our beloved social sites go first?
Would we lose touch with good friends or long lost relatives? Is there a chance we could lose all our contacts, pictures and maybe some vital inbox info? Could some of us even be out of a job…? Ahem…
For productivity, it’s a double edged sword – businesses may have missed out on crucial posting opporunities or deadlines but the majority took to other social sites to capitalize on the trending #facebookdown tag instead:
Along with Oreo, KitKat are increasingly becoming the favourite when it comes to real-time marketing responses. They came up with this belter just a couple of minutes after the outage.
DiGi Telco also made digs at the potential benefits of a Facebook hiatus:
And for the rest of us, spirits actually remained high with users taking to Twitter (sometimes even Google+) to make a series of jokes at the expense of Zuckerberg’s ‘unsinkable’ ship. In fact, making the best funnies has completely overtaken any kind of outrage or complaint and it looks like #Facebookdown and #WhenFacebookWasDown jokes are going to be the call of the day: