Is Facebook down? Not anymore.
Facebook temporarily went dark as Facebook engineers updated the site.
Facebook was down. And now Facebook is back up again.
According to reps for the social networking site, the outage last only a few minutes, and was a direct result of updates to the Facebook interface. But five minutes is an eternity in the Web world, and plenty of shut-out Facebook users took to Twitter to commiserate about their shared inability to aimlessly browse their pals's profiles.
"#Facebook is down. Half the world population had suddenly become productive. The other half of the population is using #Twitter," read one widely-circulated tweet, according to PCMag.com. Other Twitterers were less bothered by the outage. "I think I am the only person on the planet not bothered by fact that Facebook went down," one user wrote.
Facebook, for its part, blamed the black-out on a sweeping update to Facebook Pages. “For a brief period of time, some internal prototypes were made public to a number of people externally," a Facebook spokesperson told Forbes magazine earlier today. "As a result, we took the site down for a few minutes. It’s back up, and we apologize for the inconvenience.”
Facebook last went down back in September.