What hap­pens when so­cial me­dia takes the day off?

Face­book, In­sta­gram out­age strikes web on Wednesday

Yuma Sun - - OPINION -

Face­book and In­sta­gram had a wide­spread out­age on Wednesday, af­fect­ing users in Europe, Canada and the U.S. We even had re­ports of user is­sues here in Yuma.

Ac­cord­ing to a re­port on CNET, a net­work­ing is­sue caused some peo­ple to have trou­ble ac­cess­ing Face­book ser­vices.

In some cases, the post box was miss­ing, and some re­ported that Face­book was not opening at all, in­stead show­ing just a blank white page.

The out­age was not a 100 per­cent blan­ket out­age. Even at the Yuma Sun, one em­ployee could ac­cess a fully func­tion­ing Face­book while a co-worker had no ac­cess what­so­ever.

The news might not seem like a big deal. How­ever, con­sider this: Face­book has 2 bil­lion monthly users, ac­cord­ing to a June CNBC re­port, and In­sta­gram has 700 mil­lion monthly ac­tive users. Twit­ter, in com­par­i­son, has 328 mil­lion monthly ac­tive users, while Snapchat is at 166 mil­lion daily ac­tive users.

When Face­book and In­sta­gram go down, peo­ple tend to no­tice.

Some users were flum­moxed by the sit­u­a­tion. Imag­ine if your job in­volved post­ings on so­cial me­dia. Hav­ing two ma­jor plat­forms go down can cause quite an im­pact.

On Twit­ter Wednesday af­ter­noon, the hash­tag #face­book­down was trend­ing. And the posts were pretty en­ter­tain­ing and some were sober­ing. One tweet, posted by @Wil­iamNi­ra­nen, noted “#face­book­down Any­one knows how ac­tual real hu­man con­tact work now what Face­book is down?”

An­other user, @dmpin­der, pointed out some­thing that was likely spot on: “Face­book is down, global pro­duc­tiv­ity is up. #face­book­down”

And that is an in­ter­est­ing point. So­cial me­dia can be a tremen­dous time con­sumer. A user may pop in to check on some­thing quickly, and sud­denly, 30 min­utes have evap­o­rated, lost as one runs through all the new post­ings in their news feed.

Maybe a day with­out so­cial me­dia wouldn’t be a bad thing. Imag­ine the ac­tual ver­bal com­mu­ni­ca­tions one could have with fam­ily mem­bers, and the amount of work — be it of­fice work or chores at home — that one could ac­com­plish, if so­cial me­dia dis­ap­peared for the day.

What do you think, read­ers? Were you im­pacted by the Face­book and Twit­ter out­ages, or was the out­age no big deal? Let us know. Share your thoughts on­line at www.Yu­maSun.com, or send us a Let­ter to the Editor at let­ters@yu­masun.com.

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