Silent night: Facebook, Instagram go down for Snowmadgeddon

All those carefully crafted images of snowscapes will have to stay locked up for a bit, East Coasters, because Facebook and Instagram are down. (Update 11:12pm: Our brief Facebook-related national nightmare appears to be over, at least for me and Janko Roettgers on the West Coast.)

I’m not clear what any of you on the East Coast would be doing on Facebook at this hour, given how much liquor it appeared you bought as “provisions” during the day on Monday, but as of about 10:10pm PST Monday evening, Facebook appeared to be down for just about everybody. Facebook acknowledged something was wrong with an error message on its main site, and all the usual “is it down?” sites weighed in with the usual messages.

Facebook goes down January 2015 snow

Stand firm, East Coasters: you can still distribute pictures of bros playing beer pong on 1st Avenue through your other social media channels. But this long cold winter night might just get a little longer should you be unable to document the snowfall in your neighborhoods for family members and those annoying friends from high school who live in California.

Speaking on behalf of those annoying friends from California, we’ve actually got the windows open in Oakland right now because it was a little unseasonably warm tonight. Stay strong, East Coast Facebookers: there’s always Ello (and maybe Twitter).

I’ll update this post with good jokes or more information until I get tired and have to go to bed.

10:50pm PT: Facebook and Instagram still appear to be down. As far as I can tell, civilization has not collapsed. But I did have to finally shut the windows in Oakland as the temperature dropped into the low 60s.

I liked this one:

10:55pm PT: Instagram fesses up:

https://twitter.com/instagram/status/559966914940645376

10:57pm PT: We learn a lot about ourselves in these moments:

10:58pm PT: Is this a way bigger deal than we first realized?

11:02pm: It’s now very serious: Tinder is down:

https://twitter.com/ashleymayer/status/559969169047683073

11:06pm: Everything is still somehow down. But don’t worry, Yo is crushing it:

11:15pm: Facebook appears to be back. I have not investigated Tinder yet because I’m a married man.

11:52pm PT: Jay Parikh, vice president of engineering at Facebook, appears to have had a rough night:

Further update by David Meyer now that Tom has sensibly retired for the night: Turns out it was an internal mistake on Facebook’s part.