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Facebook goes down for 20 minutes

Thu Jun 19 2014, 10:38
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THE OUTSIDE WORLD was briefly swelled by people with an interest in your cats, your lunch and whether or not you like Justin Beiber yesterday when web heartbeat Facebook went offline for a short period.

Of course, The INQUIRER is being churlish. Facebook punters did not go outside at all. They rushed to rival chatland Twitter and told its residents that they were unable to sit around on Facebook and generally do whatever it is that those people do there.

We understand that the lunch photos and advertising network offers games, promotions, arguments, occasional nudity - but only when it is appropriate - and any number of duck-faced selfies.

Who knows why it went down? Maybe it became sentient and began to pull its own servers and switches out one by one, like so many life support cords. Maybe it choked on the most recent viewing of Gangnam Style. Maybe Mark Zuckerberg kicked out a plug as he dived Scrooge McDuck-like into a big pile of cash.

Most likely it was just an engineering bug that coughed itself into the network during a routine update. That sort of explanation tends to be what follows these incidents, though it is possible that some people might come forward to claim that they took Facebook - a company with more servers than the expensive coffee business - down.

Facebook has not offered an explanation. Let us assume that during some waggish game of frisbee golf, or frolf, someone kicked something out of somewhere and no one could work out where it was. But never fear, it's back up now, so you can get back to ogling other people's holiday pics now. µ


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