Where were you when Facebook went down

2 Aug

There is an old saying ‘you never miss something until it is gone’. That saying was put to the test this morning at 9:01 am (PST) when the social networking site went down. The site was up 35 minutes later but not before the Los Angeles County 911 systems were flooded with caller reporting the outage.
“#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!” Sheriff’s Sgt. Burton Brink of the Crescenta Valley station wrote on Twitter. In a later tweet, he said an unknown number of people called 911 about the outage.
Millions of us depend of Facebook to keep connected to our friends all over the world, get news and play games. One of the first things they do in the mornings is pick up their laptops or mobile devices and get connect to their social network. They might check the site multiply times a day to make sure they did miss out on anything. So naturally when they logged on to Facebook and saw the words ‘Sorry, something went wrong” they were concerned about what was wrong with their favorite social site.
“We get phone calls all the time, whether it be Facebook going down, people getting wrong orders at fast food restaurants, or their cable TV went out,” Sgt. Brink told Fortune. “But with Facebook in particular, we get calls probably because it’s such a widely-used thing.” Of his now-viral tweet, Sgt. Brink explains it was largely done to prevent more people from calling about the problem.
Whether we are willing to admit it or not Facebook is an important part of our everyday lives. We do need to remember though that when the site is down it is not an emergency. Calling 911 with non-emergency calls are a crime and it makes it so that people with life-threatening situations can not get the help they need.
Other articles on this topic:
http://www.theregister.co.uk/2014/08/01/facebook_outage/
http://www.reuters.com/article/2014/08/01/us-facebook-disruption-idUSKBN0G14NL20140801
http://fortune.com/2014/08/01/facebook-users-dial-911-over-social-network-outage/

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