And the world comes to an end… and it is breaking news. Oh yes there was mass hysteria as Facebook crashed at 9am… and for half an hour the world ended for those who spend all their time on Facebook, poking, liking and sharing as if there is no tomorrow.
The crash happened at around 9am, with the Facebook blue branding displayed alongside the message: “Sorry, something went wrong.”
The problem also affected Facebook’s apps.
By 9.20am, the site refused to load at all, with the message “service unavailable” shown on a white background.
However, by 9.30am users reported the site was functioning again.
And across our screens, Sky News classed this as a breaking news event…
Seriously though, how can you call this Breaking News…. for the life of me I don’t know why any news channel would even warrant this as breaking news. It is not as if the world would grind to a halt, or we had to take shelter, or we had only 5 minutes to live before everything we know was obliterated. It is a social media platform… something we can live without. Believe it or not.
Do you know what? Before Facebook, Twitter, Google+ and all other social networking platforms became part of our lives… we survived. Instead of sitting there and posting what we had for breakfast… we actually went out and spoke to real people, face to face. How nice it was.
Before sitting there, waiting to get to the next level of some game, we interacted with family and played games where all the family could join in.
Before kids sat there glued to the computer or TV screen playing some role-playing game or other, they went to the park; kicked a ball around; played with other kids.
No wonder kids are pasty looking and piling on the pounds… the most exercise some of them get is getting up to switch the computer on or getting the laptop out of its bag.
Yes I am on Facebook… but if it crashes it crashes… end of… No need to get my bowels in an uproar because I can’t like a post where someone has just checked in to McDonalds or Burger King and going for the 99p whooper.
Facebook is good to speak to friends and communicate with family… but it isn’t the be and end all of life. And for the life of me it isn’t breaking news. Come on Sky News… get some perspective here… Breaking News is real news stories… stories that affect real people and that highlight all the atrocities in this world. It isn’t to report that there was a mass of people pulling their hair out because they couldn’t poke one another on Facebook.