Outages

Now Facebook Is Down So Everyone Go Home and We’ll Start Over Tomorrow [Updated]

Panic, I guess.
(Photo: Down for Everyone)

(Photo: Down for Everyone)

This day, a day that will live in infamy, has levied blows at both productivity and procrastination. Earlier today Gmail went down for a solid hour, with Gchat inaccessible for even longer. And now, prior to 6 p.m., as everyone is figuring out how to spend the last few moments of the work day appearing to get something done while actually logging on to fruitless social media sites, Facebook has gone down for some.

Reports started surfacing on Twitter. HuffPo’s Ethan Klapper tweeted that he was having difficulties, which prompted a sea of “me-toos.” Oddly, he tweeted that his coworker, seated next to him, is logging on just fine.

The outage seems to be widespread–enough that “Facebook” is trending in New York, with the majority of tweets being complaints about the service interruption–but not affecting all users. Though this reporter couldn’t access Facebook, other Betabeat reporters could.

Meanwhile, Down for Everyone or Just Me, the web’s trusted tool for site outages, doesn’t even recognize Facebook as a website. “Huh? http://www.facebook.com doesn’t look like a site on the interwho,” it returns. Though perhaps that’s down, too: One follower pointed out that the site isn’t recognizing Google either.

If a site falls in the forest while Down for Everyone is down, does it make a sound?

At any rate, we’ll get through this–as long no one makes another freakin’ Mayan joke.

We’ve reached out to Facebook for comment and will update when we know more.

Update 6:30 p.m.: According to The Next Web, Facebook is encountering DNS issues, which is why it’s unavailable for some. “The social network’s Domain Name System servers are not directing folks to its site, causing it to appear as if the network is down completely,” wrote TNW.

Facebook came back up for us a few moments ago, but still appears to be down for many.

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