Facebook Outage Wasn't the End of the World

First there was a Gmail outage, then Facebook went down for many users across the globe Monday, prompting a flurry of Twitter trends mentioning "productivity," "the Mayans" and "the Apocalypse." Facebook blamed DNS woes.

After an intermittent Gmail outage Monday morning, a Facebook outage later in the day started attracting attention around the world.

Some people could see Facebook without images and others had no access at all. For die-hards going through withdrawal, Mashable recommended visiting either the mobile site m.facebook.com or the developer preview site beta.facebook.com.

SEJ Search Engine Journal reports there was a "flurry in twitter trends" for the words "productivity" and "the Mayans." For a sample of tweets during the outage, please see Where Did My Facebook Go?

The culprit appears to have been a change in Facebook's Domain Name System (DNS).

According to Mashable, a Facebook spokesperson sent the following statement explaining the outage. "Earlier today we made a change to our DNS infrastructure and that change resulted in some people being temporarily unable to reach the site. We detected and resolved the issue quickly, and we are now back to 100 percent. We apologize for any inconvenience."

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Derry December 12, 2012 at 12:08 AM
Did something happen? Facebook? Someone actually CARES about Facebook? I would never have known anything as earthshaking and apocalyptic as a Facebook outage had occurred had I not checked Patch. Did people really miss chatting with their Fakebook friends? You know, the ones they have never actually met. The ones who think that there's nothing so insignificant that their "friends" shouldn't be updated? Perhaps these unfortunates had to resort to (Horrors) TALKING to someone who is in the same room. What a concept. An Aside: A few months ago, strictly to prove a point, I created a Fakebook profile. Everything in it was fictitious, just like a high proportion of Fakebook profiles. Within a day I had friend requests in the double digits. Truly pathetic.
Louisa Hufstader December 12, 2012 at 12:51 AM
Derry, you have many comrades in these sentiments, judging from some of the Tweets (in various languages, but the gist is clear) I collected in this grab bag yesterday: http://napavalley.patch.com/articles/where-did-facebook-go.
Derry December 12, 2012 at 05:38 PM
Perhaps my iconoclastic side is showing, but the current obsession with being constantly "connected" can wear one down. In my humble opinion, being "connected" today actually means a new way to become isolated. When you are more interested in interacting with a little, glowing screen than with the person sitting beside you, the whole concept of connecting has become perverted. When I took my SO to Burning Man this past September, her first - my eighth, she had a major withdrawal from technology and it took a couple of days to find the human connection she had put on the back burner and replaced with the instant gratification of IMs.
Louisa Hufstader December 12, 2012 at 05:56 PM
Humans never seem to run out of ways to isolate themselves — and to connect with each other, too, such as with Burning Man. (If you ever feel like blogging with us about those experiences, Derry, I think you'd get a lot of readers and engagement.) The thing about this story is that Facebook has become more than a social network. A lot of people and companies, myself/Patch included, use it for business. So the outage, had it continued, could have represented a real economic blow — that is why I jumped on the story so quickly.
Carol Y December 13, 2012 at 12:18 AM
I was a little perturbed losing Gmail access, since I am a heavy email user and I only use Gmail. I thought maybe my browser was to blame.


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