Many Facebook users (meaning many of us in general) suffered service disruptions on the incredibly popular social networking site earlier today. It was reported that it was intermittently unavailable for a total of two hours, according to traffic watchdog sites such as Downrightnow and Downforeveryoneorjustme. Complaints include that pages were taking a long time to load, and that was just counting those who could actually access it in the first place.
At the time of writing, Facebook still haven't stated what the problem was - whether it was some routine maintenance, or perhaps even a cyber attack. This follows the company floating on the stock market last week, which was surprising given the sheer usage of Facebook - 901 million active users grace it monthly, which is quite a lot. Nonetheless, it hasn't been a good few days for the internet giant.
However, it seems trivial for people to be complaining about the functionality of a website that they use for free - or is it? Since its inception in 2004, Facebook has gradually become the basis of many people's social lives more and more - including keeping in touch with old friends, organising parties, and sharing hilarious images of cats (always a favourite). Perhaps Facebook should take this 'responsibility' a little more seriously, especially as the biggest social networking site out there at the moment, whether it charges its users or not. Nonetheless, one popular tweet from @HAL9000_ today sums up Facebook's recent fortune perfectly: 'Facebook is acting like its stock. It keeps going down'.