Instead of the usual hum and whir of the social media site, which touts its unsinkability and rare outages, users from England to New Zealand saw generic error messages for about half an hour, starting at about 4 a.m. ET, reports the Wall Street Journal.
This disruption has the distinction of going global, affecting users trying to get to the site from desktop computers and mobile devices all over the world.
And of course, in times of need, the Internet turned to one of its other social platforms so everyone could complain together about the temporary apocalypse. The hashtag #Facebookbodwn trended across the globe as people came together as one voice to yak about not being able to Like anything. Ever again. For half an hour.
A Facebook spokeswoman for the Asia-Pacific region acknowledged the hiccup in a statement: “Earlier today, we experienced an issue that prevented people from posting to Facebook for a brief period of time. We resolved the issue quickly, and we are now back to 100%. We’re sorry for any inconvenience this may have caused.”
This seems to be one of the biggest outages in the last few years, with the last big breakdown in 2010, when the site was down for about 2.5 hours.
But again, you were probably asleep when this all happened, so be grateful for that. You survived with nary a grumble to show for it.
Status Update: Facebook Back Online After World-Wide Outage [Wall Street Journal]