Facebook 'fesses to bad hair day
Mullets all round
Any users who had trouble logging into Facebook on Monday were far from alone.
The social networking website has confirmed that widespread log-in failures, application access and status message update snags were a problem on Monday - without identifying the source of the snafu - via a statement (below) published late on Monday night.
We’re working as quickly as possible to fix site issues that are causing errors for some of you when you try to log in or access features. We’ll keep you updated as the site returns to normal, and you can learn more at http://www.facebook.com/help.
Site problems in general come from connectivity problems, insufficiently beefy servers or coding problems. Some combination of the three is also possible, as are hacking attacks that flood targeted sites with spurious requests. Facebook recently crossed the 300 million user (or at least profile) mark.
Last month a distributed denial-of-service attack took out Twitter altogether, while degrading the service Facebook was able to offer users. There's no evidence the latest site problems at Facebook are anything to do with hacking attacks.
The status of multiple Web 2.0 websites (Gmail, Hotmail, Twitter, Facebook, Blogger etc.) can be quickly looked up via downrightnow.com, which offers an at-a-glance guide. ®
you get what you pay for
Facebook has proved really useful, hence its current problems are more noticable. But it's free at the point of use, and generally whatever is free is worth what you pay for it. How many of the 300 million profiled users would pay a sub? Not many. Not me.
@ An Hero
You know what to do.
You guys are so hip and funny
...blah blah blah....
Each time I see one of these oh-so-hilarious-and-original slang names another bozo-bit is flipped.
No, you're really not funny and it makes you look like a twat.
I also have trouble logging in to FarceBook
I just can't ever bring myself to do it...
Presumably this is because it follows the Web 2.0 fluffery. If enough of the other things it monitors are in full on pear-shaped mode for enough time*, it has to accept that this is the will of the hive mind and shit itself in sympathy.
*Presumably with some weighting. Something like 5 minutes Tw@tter outage = 1 day of Arsebook being down the crapper = 3 years of Windows Live Spaces being hors de combat = a millenium of Orkut being fscked.