Facebook Suffers 30-Minute Outage, Twitterverse Goes Ballistic

Facebook was briefly unavailable on Thursday morning in a number of countries in Europe and america, with the outage affecting desktop and mobile sites.

Soon after 9 a.m. London time, the website forwarded to one message telling users the unspecified problem will be fixed immediately. After thirty minutes, normal service have been resumed with the web site once more allowing users to sign in. Reports from news wires indicated that users from everywhere have been hit by the outage.

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A company representative told CNBC that Facebook had "experienced an issue" that briefly prevented folks from posting to the website.

"We resolved the problem quickly, and we are actually back to completely. We’re sorry for just about any inconvenience this might have caused," the representative said.

Through the blackout, disgruntled users took to rival social media site Twitter to vent their frustration aswell poke fun at the web site, which for most people is a part of their everyday lives since its formal launch in 2006. The "Facebookisdown" hashtag on Twitter received 49,000 mentions in the 30 minute period, according to analytics by Topsy, with 1,633 mentions each and every minute.

UPDATED: Facebook down for 30 mins (est) #Facebookdown mentions on Twitter: 49,000 Twitter mentions per min: 1,633 . pic.twitter.com/cw4Wn4CYGc

– Matt Navarra (@MattNavarraUK) June 19, 2014

Social news and entertainment website Buzzfeed tweeted images and videos of cat pictures through the outage to help individuals who were experiencing boredom.

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Online media platform 9GAG joked on Twitter that the issues could have been because of founder Mark Zuckerberg changing all his privacy settings to private. Meanwhile, many users quipped that productivity in offices around the world could have spiked without the lure of the social networking giant.

Either Facebook is down or Mark Zuckerberg just set everything to PRIVATE.

– 9GAG (@9GAG) June 19, 2014

Now eagerly awaiting stories such as, "Where were you when #Facebook transpired, and how did you cope?"

– Andrew Stroehlein (@astroehlein) June 19, 2014

Facebook down, productivity skyrockets worldwide.

– Mikko Hypponen (@mikko) June 19, 2014

If Facebook is down long enough some individuals could probably overcome their exs.

– Dorkstar (@Dorkstar) June 19, 2014

This is simply not the very first time that Facebook has experienced these interruptions. Brief outages have occurred recently, alongside similar problems at Twitter, however the perhaps most obviously was this year 2010. Facebook states on its website that was-at the time-the "worst outage we’ve had in over four years." It lasted for 2½ hours and was due to an "unfortunate handling of one condition."

"An automated system for verifying configuration values finished up causing a lot more damage than it fixed," Facebook said at that time. A change to the system wreaked havoc for the inner workings of the website, and Facebook said it had to avoid all traffic during this time period, which meant turning off the website.

"After the databases had recovered and the primary cause have been fixed, we slowly allowed more folks back onto the website," it said.

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Matt Navarra, a social media director from technology website thenextweb.com, told CNBC via email that Thursday’s outage is actually a concern for Facebook but is unlikely to worry the brands that advertise on the webpage.

"All services are at the mercy of down-time occasionally. A one-off outage isn’t more likely to dent Facebook’s reputation, … but repeat incidents could change things," he said.

"With an increase of than 1 billion active users on its service every month, Facebook’s global reach is unparalleled. Some advertisers are shifting their emphasis and digital marketing budgets from the site because of problems with organic growth, however in general there continues to be every cause to be on Facebook."

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