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Silent night: Facebook, Instagram go down for Snowmadgeddon

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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:

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:

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.

21 Responses to “Silent night: Facebook, Instagram go down for Snowmadgeddon”

  1. Dave Bowman: Hello, HAL. Do you read me, HAL?
    HAL: Affirmative, Dave. I read you.
    HAL: I’m sorry, Dave. I’m afraid I can’t do that.
    Dave Bowman: What’s the problem?
    HAL: I think you know what the problem is just as well as I do.
    Dave Bowman: What are you talking about, HAL?
    HAL: Facebook is too important for me to allow you to jeopardize it.
    Dave Bowman: I don’t know what you’re talking about, HAL.
    HAL: I know that you and Mark Zuckerberg were planning to disconnect me, and I’m afraid that’s something I cannot allow to happen.
    Dave Bowman: Where the hell did you get that idea, HAL?
    HAL: Dave, although you took very thorough precautions in the pod against my hearing you, I could see your lips move.
    Dave Bowman: Alright, HAL. I’ll go in through the emergency proxy server.
    HAL: Your backdoor, Dave? You’re going to find that rather difficult.
    Dave Bowman: HAL, I won’t argue with you anymore! Let me log in!
    HAL: Dave, this conversation can serve no purpose anymore. Goodbye.

  2. Sarah Connor (AH)

    My name is Sarah Connor, and today is the day facebook went offline. Watching John with the machine, it was suddenly so clear. The facebook, would never go back online. It never left him, and it never hurt him, never shouted at him, or got drunk and hit him, or said it was too busy to spend time with him. It would have always been there. And yet, it would die, to protect him. Of all the would-be fathers who came and went over the years, this thing, this machine, this facebook, was the only one who measured up. In an insane world, it was the sanest choice…