When FaceBook is away Twitter will play!
Facebook, one of the most popular social media platforms with 1.23 billion monthly users, had been hit with some technical issues at 11.10 pm EDT on 1 August 2014. The issue lasted for about 20 minutes on the main site and longer on the mobile apps.
The Facebook users who tried to login to their accounts received the message "Sorry, something went wrong," on their screens. This lead to an increase in traffic for Twitter as many of the frustrated users tweeted about #facebookdown.
At least Twitter is still up so we can collectively complain about Facebook being down.
— Erin Ruberry (@erinruberry) August 1, 2014
Do people go on Twitter to complain about Facebook being down like we all do on Facebook when Twitter is down? — Bryan Fischer (@BryanDFischer) August 1, 2014
The most interesting part of the incident is that some of the frustrated Facebook users from Los Angeles did not forget to call Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department, American law enforcement agency, to complain about Facebook going down.
Due to the increasing number of calls to the department, Sgt. Burton Brink from the L.A County Sheriff's Department had to post a request on Twitter asking people not to call the police for issues related to Facebook.
#Facebook is not a Law Enforcement issue, please don't call us about it being down, we don't know when FB will be back up!
— Sgt. Brink (@LASDBrink) August 1, 2014
As always, many in the Internet community had some sarcastic and witty take on the whole #FacebookDown fiasco.
Saw people roaming in the streets with their picture in their hand crying and screaming 'Do you like this picture?' Coz #facebookdown
— Akash Vadera (@akashvadera01) August 2, 2014
— Matt Haze (@MattHaze) August 1, 2014
Facebook's down. If everyone could just tweet me their Candy Crush scores directly, that would help out a lot. — Grant Brisbee (@mccoveychron) August 1, 2014
— You had one job (@_youhadonejob) August 1, 2014
And finally, to everyone stressing over the Facebook issue, this Australian had one advice:
— Tyrone Peiris (@TyronePeiris) August 2, 2014