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Facebook's servers fell over today – with users on the US east coast, and in Europe, the Middle East and Africa, complaining of outages. Facebook outage map Oh noes! Circles mark areas of connectivity problems ... Click for bigger map. Source: IsItDownRightNow.com According to IsItDownRightNow.com, the downtime appears to …

  1. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    Wait... what?

    People call the cops because a site is down? Is it April 1st?

  2. Justin Pasher

    Re: Wait... what?

    Just like people call because McDonald's gets their order wrong or they are out of a particular food item.

    This is the unfortunate world we now live in...

  3. Tom 260

    Re: Wait... what?

    Some people call emergency numbers for the daftest things, maybe they think Google runs the numbers now:

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-norfolk-28589972 (Where's the late night chemist at?)

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-wales-28408175 (There's a fly in my ear!) - this one has a fair list

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-south-yorkshire-25560444 (I'm in the supermarket!)

    Also see the related stories off those links for more...

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  5. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    So that's why I saw a large group of tweenage girls crying hysterically, prodding and shaking their mobile phones, screaming that their lives were at an end, accosting passerby demanding they check to see if they had a mobile signal.....

    If only Facebook were online, I would have posted the video.....

    Damn Facebook!

  6. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    Re: Wait... what?

    Apr 1, Aug 1, that's a pretty easy mistake to make, right?

  7. Destroy All Monsters Silver badge

    Re: Wait... what?

    FACEBOOK DOWN?

    Hanging is too good for them! Call the gas trucksFEMA trailers.

  8. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    Re: Wait... what?

    Facebork spin-doctors rang it in themselves, hoping for yet more free media publicity.

    How silly of them, for surely no decent media outlet would take up this 'story'...

  9. itzman
    Paris Hilton

    Re: Wait... what?

    No, its 2014, the age of idiocracy and soshul meejah

  10. ecofeco Silver badge

    Re: Wait... what?

    "No, its 2014, the age of idiocracy and soshul meejah"

    x a billion

    Upvoted.

  11. Syntax Error

    Re: Wait... what?

    So who do you ring?

  12. boltar Silver badge

    Re: Wait... what?

    I don't think you appreciate just how many truly stupid people there are out there. The advancement of mankind is generally down to a single digit percentage of the population with the grunting masses dragged along for the ride.

  13. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    Re: Wait... what?

    My wife, a psychiatric nurse, calls my cutomers 'patients'.

    (AC for obvious reasons)

  14. Bloakey1

    Re: Wait... what?

    "So who do you ring?"

    Ghostbusters!.

  15. khisanth

    Re: Wait... what?

    The kind of people who don't know what to do when McDonalds or their favourite fast food restaurant is closed. Saw a video where some fried chicken place had run out of chicken and people were up in arms complaining that their kids were going to starve, that they didnt know what to do and how would they eat?!

  16. LucreLout Silver badge
    Trollface

    Re: Wait... what?

    "People call the cops because a site is down? Is it April 1st?"

    This is the inevitable end-game of health and safety law.

    We need to return to a system of allowing the stupid to die off before breeding, rather than coddle them throughout an artificially extended existence, in which they achieve nothing other than slowing the herd.

    Joke icon over there --> only I'm not wholly sure I'm joking....

  17. ToddR

    Re: Wait... what?

    No just the US of A

  18. ToddR

    Re: Wait... what?

    By their knuckles

  19. Tuesday Is Soylent Green Day

    Humanity

    catering to the lowest common denominator for far too long...

  20. Janir

    Re: Wait... what?

    No.. its L.A.

  21. Tom 38 Silver badge

    Re: Wait... what?

    the police can/should do something about *Facebook*

    Oh, I wish they could....

  22. Mr_Pitiful

    GADSLBI

    Go And Do Something Less Boring Instead

  23. edge_e
    Thumb Up

    Re: GADSLBI

    for those of you not old enough to understand the reference

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uRUhjFF5a6Y

  24. VinceH Silver badge

    Re: GADSLBI

    "for those of you not old enough to understand the reference

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uRUhjFF5a6Y"

    Before I paste that link into an address bar, I'm going to warn you that if it isn't a link to something relating to Why Don't You, I'm going to hunt you down and feed you to a very hungry gerbil. (I don't actually have a gerbil,hungry or otherwise, but I'll find one when I need to).

    [Nine minutes later...]

    Legend!

  25. Mr_Pitiful

    Re: GADSLBI

    Cheers

  26. jason 7
    Happy

    Re: GADSLBI

    And none of the kids spoke in 'Gangsta Stylee'.

    Ahhh bliss.

  27. Scroticus Canis Silver badge

    Re: GADSLBI

    Ah the good old days, making a cheese and ham sandwich with out the fear of being accused of insulting some desert spawned religion and a kid with enough common sense to use a knife with out H&SE or police intervention. Smells like freedom as I used to know it.

  28. ecofeco Silver badge

    Re: GADSLBI

    Never heard of that show. Thanks for the link.

    Priceless.

    Cheers.

  29. therealmav

    Re: GADSLBI

    Why don't you nostalgia alert for the truly old like me who watched the first episode. http://m.youtube.com/watch?v=OcGCGS2Ow30

    watch and learn eighties kids

  30. AdamT

    Re: GADSLBI

    Hmm. I used to be a little put out by the implied irony:

    "Why Don't You Turn Off The Television And Go And Do Something Less Boring Instead .....

    .... After You Have Watched This Television Programme Telling You What That Should Be"

    (but, yes, it was still good)

    Was that the one with Doctor What - a fairly transparent but more educational rip off of Doctor Who?

  31. ravenviz Silver badge
    Headmaster

    Re: GADSLBI

    It was the one where you had to wear stripy socks 'because there was a doris', but they never said what a doris was or ever saw one (maybe because of the socks!).

  32. Anonymous Coward
    Mushroom

    What can I say?

    Further proof (if any was needed), that the majority of Facebook users are fucking idiots.

  33. Herbert Meyer

    Re: What can I say?

    f'ing idiots ? Is that what they are doing instead of FaceBook ? Is there a queue ?

  34. channel extended
    Devil

    Re: What can I say?

    Hey Idiot get in line!

  35. Cliff

    Re: What can I say?

    Alas, as a huge statistical sample, they probably represent the general populous fairly closely. We're doomed.

  36. bigtimehustler

    Re: What can I say?

    Ok, this is the same as saying people in general are idiots because they ring emergency when their cheeseburger has no cheese. Idiots pervade all areas of life, not just fb.

  37. Dan 55 Silver badge

    Re: What can I say?

    Correlation does not imply causation but their are one of two possibilities... a) FB is an idiot magnet or b) FB turns its users into idiots.

  38. Charles Manning

    Re: What can I say?

    > f'ing idiots ? Is that what they are doing instead of FaceBook ? Is there a queue ?

    No need to queue there are more than enough idiots to go around.

  39. DropBear Silver badge
    Devil

    Re: What can I say?

    Nothing to do with FB - it's just that moronic 'murrican entitlement. Something bad happened to me? There MUST be someone responsible! Sue someone! Something public stopped being available? Call the cops and complain - the very fabric of society is clearly unravelling!

  40. Visionman

    Re: What can I say?

    "Further proof (if any was needed), that the majority of Facebook users are fucking idiots."

    You are too kind.

  41. Cipher
    Facepalm

    Re: What can I say?

    DropBear scribbled for posterity:

    " Nothing to do with FB - it's just that moronic 'murrican entitlement. "

    And no other country has morons who feel entitled, eh?

    Sigh...

  42. Jason Bloomberg Silver badge
    Paris Hilton

    Re: What can I say?

    Current Status: Fucking an idiot.

  43. MrZoolook

    Re: What can I say?

    "Correlation does not imply causation but their are one of two possibilities... a) FB is an idiot magnet or b) FB turns its users into idiots."

    Ah, good use of sarcasm their.

  44. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    Fines

    I hope that they all got fined for misuse of emergency services.

  45. Jamie Jones Silver badge
    Unhappy

    Re: Fines

    " I hope that they all got fined for misuse of emergency services."

    I always thought they were, in the UK, but seeing those numerous examples in the press, and on YouTube etc. it doesn't seem that they are.

    Remember some of the UK cases (I''m sure you can find them by Googling) :

    - Woman complains someone has stolen her snowman.

    - Woman complains she's run out of fags

    - Man reports strange object in the sky - turns out it was the moon...

    - Woman complains that her husband is hogging the TV remote ...

  46. mr.K

    Re: Fines

    While some people clearly have a too low threshold for calling emergency numbers*, that is not something that holds for everybody. The last thing they want is for people to contemplate over if their issue is serious enough to call for help. Instead they inform the public on occasion or with repeat offenders they have a talk. I think they will go to pretty long lengths to avoid the headline "Called the police for help, got fined".

    *We got separate numbers for police, fire and medical.

  47. harmjschoonhoven
    Thumb Up

    Re: Man reports strange object in the sky - turns out it was the moon

    A well-known astronomer instructed his teenage daughter to answer the phone at full moon to ask whether callers who had spotted a UFO had also seen the Moon.

    This usually settled the argument.

  48. Mark 85 Silver badge

    I guess their Tweet is better...

    then telling the caller that they're sending a squad car and a SWAT team to the FB local office.

  49. tony2heads
    Thumb Down

    Re: I guess their Tweet is better...

    NO WAY is it better

    What I expect is this

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TOvm_RMlkok

    also with "Use of unnecessary violence in the apprehension of the^W Blues^W Brothers^W Mark Zuckerberg HAS been approved."

  50. johnwerneken

    I dont believe anything facebook says

    The message they out up for me excused this odd time for an outage"Scheduled Maintenance" lol

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