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Facebook has been inaccessible to many — if not all — users for the last 30 minutes. This is incredibly bad timing for the company, which is trying to pitch itself this week as a central part of the web’s infrastructure.

Facebook has been inaccessible to many, if not all, users for the last 30 minutes or so. This is incredibly bad timing for the company, which is trying to pitch itself this week as a central part of the web’s infrastructure. Not only is the Facebook.com site down, but error messages are popping up on partner sites using the new social plugins launched this week.

Not to get all I-told-you-so, but after hearing the presentations at Facebook’s f8 this week, the burning question on my mind was: Has Facebook made itself a central point of failure for the web? It appears that the answer is yes.

Meanwhile, jokes are running rampant on Twitter about how long till people tweeting about Facebook take down Twitter. Downrightnow.com is reporting a service disruption of 28 minutes and counting, though just before we hit publish, we were able to load Facebook.com again. We’ve reached out to Facebook about the outage, which says it’s looking into it.

Please see the disclosure about Facebook in my bio.

The Facebook-powered social plugin on CNN's homepage draws a blank (bottom right).

  1. [...] As if to underscore one of my earlier concerns, Facebook crashes and sites using their social plugins get big holes in their [...]

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  2. Facebook was down yesterday as well for about a hour

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    1. its still not on :s

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  3. [...] in the last few minutes that Facebook is down for them this Friday evening, April 23, 2010. …Facebook Sees Major Outage — Takes Out Partner Site Plugins, TooGigaOm [...]

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  4. Daniel Corbe Friday, April 23, 2010

    Wow, less than an hour total outage for a site that I haven’t had problems accessing for years now. Definitely something noteworthy ^_^

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    1. Really? I see it go down, be super slow, and very buggy a lot of the time. If other partner sites are going to be dependent on them for content, they are going to have to be more reliable. Facebook’s been giving me a bad Microsoft like taste in my mouth lately.

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    ursaltydog: and when I do get to my home page.. it doesn’t go to my profile page at all.. it will give me a notification of messages that I SENT to someone..

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  6. wow this site is almost real-time? Within the 3 minutes I realized Facebook crashed it was coming across here already AND showing this site on all major SEACH ENGINES!!! GREAT JOB GIGAOM !!!

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  7. Facebook has been intermittint since Early Friday EDT
    but for the most part it’s down – I was able to get in several times yesterday, but every time I tried hitting any of the major gaming apps it would time out.

    Oddly enough checking on of their main gaming apps I see a memory leak issue in the code… wonder if someone exploited it

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  8. I haven’t been able to access this site for the past hour….
    What is going on? I have other friends that are on without any problem.
    What happens to the food that is done cooking? Once it reaches the 6 hr (time it took to cook) Will I loose it?
    Never before until yesterday and today this happened…..
    Stop messing around with Facebook and their sites
    Fix whatever problem there is once and for all! So we can do what we have to do…………………….

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  9. I got in for 45 minutes, went out and that was it…..
    CAN’T GET BACK IN AGAIN!!!!
    This is a joke Fix the problem and stop messing us around…

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  10. Can’t grab any gifts, dishes nor anything showing on my friends facebook page; neither any gifts directly sent to me from my home box.
    If it isn’t one thing is another. What the heck is coing on?
    FIX IT……

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