Facebook Is Down: Users Report Problems With Facebook.com

We have been getting reports that the social network site Facebook has been experiencing problems. It seems as if the site keeps coming up then going down with the message saying Service Unavailable – DNS failure.

Some Facebook users were shut out as the website was beset by technical troubles for the second day in a row. Photo: Siarhei KArotki/TheBlogIsMine.com

Wondering if Facebook.com is down? After issues at a third-party networking provider took down Facebook for some users on Wednesday, the social networking site is once again struggling to stay online, reports Mashable.com

Users have been reporting issues accessing Facebook, and the website DownRightNow.com reports that a “service disruption” is “likely.” DownForEveryoneOrJustMe.com also confirms that Facebook.com is currently down.

According to DownRightNow, as of 3:30PM ET, the last status change was 51 minutes ago and the “last widespread service disruption” occurred an hour ago.

TechCrunch points out that Facebook’s downtime has taken the Internet’s Like buttons with it: “This is a problem not just because the site is down, but Facebook’s omnipresent ‘Like’ button is also completely down, so the entire Internet (or a good percentage of it) is feeling this pain.”

This is the second time in two days that Facebook has been experiencing service issues. Yesterday, according to Mashable, problems with a “third party networking provider” caused the disruption.

“We’re currently experiencing some site issues causing Facebook to be slow or unavailable for some users,” a spokeswoman said in an e-mail. “We are working to resolve this issue as quickly as possible.”

She said the issue was not related to the one from Wednesday, when problems with a third-party network provider shut the site down, or slowed it badly, for several hours.

With more than 500 million users, Facebook is the world’s largest social-networking site.

On Facebook’s blog for developers, a post said the site was “experiencing latency issues,” or a time delay, with its platform. But some tech observers speculated that the delay on the developers’ platform was unlikely to be the entire cause of the problem.

As usual, Facebook’s outage led thousands of social networkers to Twitter to, well … talk about Facebook.

“Somebody needs to fix Facebook ASAP,” wrote Gizmodo blogger Rosa Golijan on her Twitter feed. “I don’t like having to tweet to show that I ‘like’ all the stories about it being down.”

Several sarcastic Twitter users bemoaned the fate of the undernourished virtual plants and animals of FarmVille, while others remarked on the ramifications of the outage.

“OPB BREAKING NEWS: Facebook is down,” read a message on Oregon Public Broadcasting’s feed. “Worker productivity rises. U.S. climbs out of recession.” [via Mashable]

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