Since many Facebook users were at work when this happened, they may be just tuning in to the fact that the social networking world nearly came to a halt this afternoon. Facebook did something that sounds very technical, incorrectly which wreaked so much havoc that they actually had to turn the site off briefly to get it stopped.
I don't know. When this type of thing happens in my little world, I "reboot" (i.e. turn the computer off then back on again), and continue about my business as if nothing happened. But when it happens to Facebook, it's world news.
Ok, so they have 500M users worldwide. That could explain the "countless complaints," about the outage. Most of the people in the U.S. were at work when this happened, so I'm hoping the complaints weren't coming from here (Ahem!).
But never fear, people! All you have to do is Google "What to do when Facebook goes down," and you'll be entertained for longer than it takes for Facebook to reboot. Or, you could just watch this funny video.
Jennifer Pointer (e-mail) is in Tulsa, OK. She promotes a simple, a low-tech approach to effective online profile management, search engine optimization and social networking.