Facebook had a little trouble this week and it certainly didn’t go unnoticed by users.
The social media site had two outages over the course of seven days. The first one happened last Thursday and then a similar outage occurred this past Monday.
The issues were experienced across North America, Europe, Australia and India. There were problems with the mobile app as well as problems for those accessing from their personal computers. All the while the messenger feature seemed to still be working as normal.
Users attempting to access the site would be met with a message stating:
“Sorry, something went wrong. We’re working on it and we’ll get it fixed as soon as we can.”
The outage on Monday was for approximately 40 minutes, which may not seem like a long time but it was long enough for company shares to drop 4%.
A Facebook engineer reported that the problems were a result of issues with the Graph API. For those of us who have no idea what that means, the “graph” is apparently a term used to refer to the core of Facebook’s system. So the connection between posts, photos, statuses and people, groups and pages are all seen through the Graph.
The site is used by nearly 1.5 billion people around the globe. And those people were certainly not going to be silent about their precious Facebook not working. Twitter was abuzz with tweets complaining about Facebook being down. Even the Kingston police force in London cracked jokes about the outage.
What we’ve learned this week is we CAN, in fact, go 40 minutes without Facebook and not spontaneously combust. Some of us may have gotten through the tough time by getting outside and enjoying the weather. Others of us sat at our computer screens refreshing every thirty seconds.