World rocked as Facebook goes down

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The world teetered a little on its axis, a few million hearts missed a beat, and speculation was rife about how long it would take for the United Nations to call an emergency summit. Yes, Facebook was down. The ultimate first world problem had a global reach as the world was (briefly) unable to indicate that it liked the cute picture of the cat sneezing at a rabbit.

OK, Facebook wasn't strictly down. Social media addicts were still able to browse posts and check their newsfeeds, but were unable to comment, like or share. In short the "social" bit of social media was broken.

Persistent browsers were met by the less-than-helpful notice: "There was a problem updating your status. Please try again in a few minutes." A few minutes turned into hours until the pessimistic (or optimistic) began to wonder whether this was the first crumbling of Facebook's global empire, or whether Twitter had launched a 140 character binary missile deep into the Facebook software.

Embarrassingly Iain Mackenzie, Facebook's European communications director had to take to Twitter to post his equally useless observation: "We are aware that some people are having problems posting to Facebook and we're looking into it." Hashtag well, duh.

The social media site's problems impacted other online companies and people who use Facebook to login to other sites and applications (a convenient but unwise policy). Facebook's problems caused logjams all over the net. The failure reveals that Facebook is as susceptible to glitches as any other online application.

Facebook began to limp back into normal operations a few hours after the initial problem, but the hope would be that the temporary failure might have managed to liberate a few million users from the servitude of social media. For them, perhaps there is the promise of a bright new future beyond Facebook. Like.

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