It's the first Friday of August, a day that anyone unlucky enough to be in an office traditionally spends staring out the window and screwing around online, as opposed to doing work. It's a particularly bad time for Facebook — the preferred time-wasting device of desk-bound adults — to break, but that's exactly what happened late this morning.
For dozens of frustrating minutes, users attempting to log into the world's biggest social-media network were greeted not with their college roommates' thoughts on the situation in Gaza, but a message reading, "Sorry, something went wrong. We're working on getting this fixed as soon as we can." People did what they could to cope.
#NowFacebookDown quickly began trending on Twitter, which, it turns out, is a decent place to complain and make jokes about Facebook:
"Now that Facebook is down, how will we waste our time" says everyone ON TWITTER AT THIS VERY MOMENT!— Kyle Orland (@KyleOrl) August 1, 2014
ugh ANOTHER redesign, facebook? pic.twitter.com/2fAMKyq0WO— Adam Smith (@asmith83) August 1, 2014
Facebook announces new “Summer Fail Fridays” for month of August.— Michael Roston (@michaelroston) August 1, 2014
Facebook is down, so everyone just tweet whether you're engaged or not.— Kevin Roose (@kevinroose) August 1, 2014
Facebook is down. You can stop all the lying about your perfect life. Go. Live your actual life. You're free. Finally free.— pourmecoffee (@pourmecoffee) August 1, 2014
Why Facebook went down, and how it's never been more relevant— VICE (@Vice_Is_Hip) August 1, 2014
People registered their panic IRL, as well:
The site seems to be working now (though Facebook has yet to say explain what went wrong), so everyone can get on with their day of looking at other people's beach vacation photos.