Every New Yorker alive in the summer of 1977 remembers what went down during the city’s legendary blackout, so maybe we’ll all be asked about what happened on Wednesday, March 13th — a.k.a. the day that both Facebook and Instagram went down for hours. Indeed, as of this writing, whatever’s ailing the two social media giants/timesucks has not been fully remedied. But you know what hasn’t gone down? Twitter.
The outage happened around Noon EST and affected Facebook, Facebook Messenger and Instagram. The problem, as per USA Today? An “accidental traffic jam issue with a European internet company that collided with Facebook and other websites,” according to an engineer with network performance firm Netscout. There was no sign that the outage was caused by anything malicious, such as a cyber-attack. It’s simply something that happens from time to time. This one just happens to be more widespread and it’s taking forever to fix.
That means that everyone came crawling back to Twitter, even though it’s superior — or at least slightly less evil — than Facebook, if not the relatively squeaky clean Instagram. Words failed people, more than they usually do. And so almost everyone spoke exclusively in the language of gifs.
Some channeled R. Kelly’s interview with Gayle King.
Some blamed Thanos.
Soulja Boy had a solution, which you can read about more over here.
A favorite thing to focus on: the idea that Twitter doesn’t look so bad now after all.
Some predicted that in the future our kids will ask us about this day.
In any case, we have to make do with our new primitive post-apocalyptic wasteland, when we only have Twitter to amuse ourselves. Someone channeled the 1998 film Pleasantville, which happened to co-star William H. Macy, who’s in the news for a completely different reason.
Of course, we could all just put down our phones and gizmos and pick up a book… whatever those are.
Oh, and let’s not forget that this could open the door for a competitor.
(Via USA Today)