"Has the world come to an end?" That was what some people were tweeting and messaging to each other when Facebook recorded a phenomenal 20 minutes down time as millions of users around the world were stumped with the rare "Something Went Wrong" message as they tried to access Facebook.
Facebook, one of world's most popular brand and the ultimate social sharing platform with more than a billion users worldwide, has had a few downtime sessions in the past but this time around, the reaction to not being able to access the favourite site of many was a lot more intense as news sites started covering the event and alternative social sharing sites were flooded with complaints and remarks by users who were not able to 'facebook'. The downtime was experienced by users both on the Facebook online site as well as its Apps. Some sites reported that traffic on their tweeter accounts surged as affected facebook users turned to other alternatives to stay connected. The disruption started around 9am today and lasted around 20 minutes.
Just yesterday, Facebook announced the launch of its own computer networking dear aimed at achieving higher capacity and speed for shifting data within data centers. Facebook has also very recently lauched its Slingshot Apps, that enables users to share images in a conversational concept where images are replied with more images, which appear and are later erased after a certain time limit allowing people to 'live' in the moment and be part of each others' events in real-time. At present time, it is not clear what caused the outage but we expect to have some answers as America wakes up today.
Update as at 6am EDT: A Facebook spokesperson said: “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 per cent. We're sorry for any inconvenience this may have caused.”
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