Today many people were surprised to find that Facebook was having some serious trouble accomplishing ordinary tasks. If you are getting on to Facebook now the trouble should be all cleared but is this the first of more problems to come due to a new feature that was set to launch on the site today?
Starting this morning (October 21st) many were posting tweets about the Facebook trouble and how they were obviously upset. The majority of the time Facebook runs nearly flawlessly, it is understandable that a few mistakes would happen sometimes but this one came as a harsh surprise to those that live through Facebook.
This isn’t just a problem that was seen by people in the U.S. Internationally people were experiencing issues. Among these issues people found that they could not comment, wish people a happy birthday, or use the like button as well as post in groups or on business pages. Third-party apps encountered the same problems as well.
The developers page of Facebook has openly apologized about the trouble. “Earlier this morning, while performing some network maintenance we experienced an issue that prevented some users from posting to Facebook for a brief period of time. We resolved the issue quickly, and we are now back to 100%. We’re sorry for any inconvenience we may have caused.”
There was no warning beforehand that Facebook would be down or experiencing technical difficulties. The trouble has now be cleared up and Facebook is once again working properly. Many have been left wondering if these problems were something more severe that Facebook wanted to keep under control or could they have been caused by something else? Possibly the new tool added today, known as “Stories to Share.”
It is possible that Facebook found a problem and hoped to fix it before the media discovered it but considering the amount of people regularly on Facebook that would be a foolish thing to hope for. We do not know if the solution Facebook used is something permanent or temporary, meant to keep Facebook users happy until the core problem is dealt with.
It is true that Facebook wasn’t shut down but maybe it should have been. Facebook has been working towards helping media publishers by launching a tool called “Stories to Share.” This feature is meant to help publisher identify what content is most engaging for Facebook. This feature is current still in test mode but was set to launch today, Monday October 21. Facebook hopes that this new feature will help fans reach the content that they most want.
Justin Osofsky, vice president of media partnerships and global operations at Facebook stated in a blog post, “for instance TIME can see suggestions of stories they have published to TIME.com but they have not yet shared to their Facebook fans. Facebook hopes to give their fans more of what they want. Hopefully this feature won’t cause problems in the future once it graduates from testing mode.
Written By: Garrett Jutte