Facebook crashing was not the end of the world, and there were plenty of things users could have done instead of panicking. The crash happened at around 1am PST, and lasted just 30 minutes. However, thousands of users took to other social networking sites to vent their frustration. At first it would have been a case of people wondering whether it was just them or a site-wide crash, which is understandable. However, after a while, the panicking was a little ridiculous. Here are four things users could have done during the downtime.
One of the best ways to handle the downtime would be to spend more time with people physically—or use other forms of communication if not possible due to distance. It was just a half hour or so, but spending people have become far too reliant on the social media giant. They worry that they cannot talk to people that they would not usually do on a daily basis without it, or that they cannot share their latest photos of their child. Sitting at a computer screen for prolonged periods of time is not good for the health anyway. This half hour was perfect for getting out and seeing people personally, or using other forms of communication to update them on life.
Taking a walk outside would be another option. This was not available for all users—after all, those in the United States would have been fast asleep in most cases! However, for other parts of the world, getting outside and enjoying the fresh air would be one of the perfect four things users could do to show that Facebook crashing is not the end of the world. Getting outside would not just get some fresh air and exercise, but it can also boost productivity levels and creativity.
Those who were up were likely getting ready for work or at work anyway. This half hour downtime was perfect for getting on with those daily tasks. For those at home, the time could have been spent on doing the housework. The 30 minutes is a perfect amount of time to get through the majority of the washing up and even put a load of laundry on.
The Facebook downtime could have also been a time for people to think about ways to earn a side income. So many families are still struggling financially, and would just like a small amount of extra money each month. Not getting onto the social networking site would have given users time to browse the internet and look for money making ideas. It could have even been enough time to think about home business options, and even coming up with company names.
As one user on Twitter put it, the downtime was for people to start living their life. Too many are now focused on the social networking sites on their phones or their computers, and they have forgotten about everything else going on around them. The Facebook crash was not the end of the world, and the above four things could offer you something to do the next time it happens.
Opinion by Alexandria Ingham