It seems like more and more increasingly, Facebook seems to be having severe lagging problems and outages. Just today there was another outage, but not to worry, Facebook fanatics, the site is now back up and running. The outage this time, which occurred for users in the US, Europe, and South America, didn’t last as long as some. In fact, there was an error just yesterday that crippled the site for several hours due to a problem with a third-party network provider.
So what were people to do without the titan that is Facebook? Many people turned to Twitter to discuss their frustration, humor, and revelations about how much work they were able to accomplish without the added distraction.
Oregon Public Broadcasting released a tweet that was then retweeted several hundred thousand times that said, “OPB BREAKING NEWS: Facebook is down. Worker productivity rises. U.S. climbs out of recession.” If only it were that easy.
As sarcastic as the tweet was meant to be, there is undoubtably some amount of truth to it. Many would-be Facebook goers posted their own tweets revealing that they were able to accomplish much more work than they would have otherwise because they weren’t compelled to constantly check Facebook. Then again, a seemingly equal amount of tweeters were simply lost without their social media.
The fact remains that Facebook seems to be quite regular with their outages or problems with the site being so slow. I know that might not seem like such a big deal with there being 500 million or so users on the site, but one can’t help but wonder if this is a precursor to many other problems the site will face in the future. While it’s clear Facebook won’t be going anywhere anytime soon, but both Facebook and Twitter have had viruses in the past. Just this Tuesday Twitter experienced a virus with tweets of block out text and caused pop-ups to open.
What do you think? Can you live without Facebook or did you not even realize it was down? Do you think there might be a bigger, underlying cause that hasn’t been reported yet?