This morning, millions of users couldn’t like, comment, or post anything on Facebook, The Huffington Post reports.
“One of the biggest complaints right now on Twitter is that you cannot wish people a happy birthday. So its a situation where you might actually have to go out and buy somebody a card,” said Scott Kleinberg of The Chicago Tribune.
Facebook users, unable to post about how much they hate Mondays, flocked to Twitter and gave rise to the hashtag #FacebookDown and related variations. “#FacebookisDown Just imagine having a birthday on the day that Facebook comments & statuses are down. You might as well have never been born,” one Twitter user joked.
Kleinberg added that while Facebook has had glitches before, the social network has not had an issue of this scale. “Facebook has gone down in the past, however this is the most widespread outage Facebook has seen in a while. One that is actually affect a very large audience both nationally and internationally.”
Aside from frivolous activities — like uploading one’s weekend photos — many business interactions were also impacted by #FacebookDown. “Facebook is used to enable people to login to many other sites and applications,” said Michael Allen, a director at Compuware Corporation, which tracks Internet downtime. So if “any organization [sees] errors or slowdowns with their own site or application,” he added, Facebook might be the culprit.
But if you’re an avid user, worry not. Facebook is back! The social network released a statement to Fox News explaining that the glitch was just a result of maintenance:
“Earlier this morning, while performing some network maintenance, we experienced an issue that prevented some users from posting to Facebook for a brief period of time. We resolved the issue quickly, and we are now back to 100 percent. We’re sorry for any inconvenience we may have caused,” a Facebook spokesman said.