Facebook Not Working, So Twitter Fills With Facebook Humor

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A map of the global audience for Facebook visualizes the geographic spread of its user base. (Source: Facebook)

Yes, Facebook is experiencing performance problems, and it appears to be a widespread issue.

Facebook users can load their page, but are unable to post status updates. It appears to be the most significant performance problem since a 2010 outage in which a configuration change created a feedback loop that overwhelmed a database cluster. UPDATE: As of 10:15 am Eastern time, the problems appear to have been resolved.

When a service with 1.15 billion users is not working, what are users to do? The answer is to shift to Twitter and other social media sites and talk about the fact that Facebook is down. Many users have responded with humor rather than angst or outrage.

Here’s a sampling:

As usual, memes are invoked:

As is collateral damage:

About the Author

Rich Miller is the founder and editor-in-chief of Data Center Knowledge, and has been reporting on the data center sector since 2000. He has tracked the growing impact of high-density computing on the power and cooling of data centers, and the resulting push for improved energy efficiency in these facilities.

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