Recently, Facebook users on the East Coast were met with a message worthy of a thumbs down when the popular social media site went down last Monday, November 12th.
Mashable reported that last Monday morning, Facebook users across the eastern coast of the U.S. experienced error messages when they attempted to log in to their Facebook accounts. The message was simple enough – "something went wrong." That much was obvious to the social media users whose concern varied from mild irritation to full-blown panic, depending on the level of use and their love for the site.
"We're working on it and we'll get it fixed as soon as we can," read a reply from a Facebook employee to a query posted by a New York-based employee of Mashable whose personal account was among those affected. The Facebook representative also stated that they were aware that many users were having difficulties accessing their accounts and were "working to resolve the issue as soon as possible."
An official statement from Facebook was soon posted and explained that a routine test was the cause of the troubles. The test caused not only problems with accessing certain Facebook accounts but some WhatsApp and Instagram services as well. "We quickly investigated and restored access for everyone," the Facebook message said. "We're sorry for the inconvenience."
While those who are glued to Facebook likely found this tiny amount of downtime unbearable, there are some users who found the Facebook-free time invigorating. Liberating one's self from Facebook is something that many millennials have been considering lately due to the unintentional rabbit hole that Facebook seems to summon once we hit that log in button. There's so much to look at. Photos from your cousin's latest attempt to make gluten-free cupcakes, your co-worker's latest pics of her new baby, a video of a kitten watching itself in a mirror.
Once the spell is broken and you emerge from your Facebook account, it's two hours later and you've got nothing to show for your time spent other than blurry eyesight and a lack of sunlight. They say that there is always a silver lining and perhaps for some, the silver lining to the recent "Facebook Down" morning is a reevaluation of how much we truly need social networking in our lives.
For those who vehemently disagree with this, never fear. A radio station has compiled a list of the best "Facebook Down" tweets that prove that several others felt your pain and share your enthusiasm. Long live the blue and white screen!