Numerous users have filed reports on Twitter and downrightnow today about a problem reaching Facebook. We have reproduced the issue and noticed symptoms including slow loading times, missing stylesheets and even difficulty with third-party web sites that incorporate widgets using the Facebook API. The outage has lasted at least 30 minutes as of 11:30am ET.
Just after noon ET today, hundreds of users began noticing problems logging in to Hotmail and other related services using Microsoft’s Windows Live ID. Thanks to the flood of user reports, downrightnow quickly publicized the outage at 12:15pm ET:
Here at downrightnow, we’re frequently among the first to notice when a popular web service hits turbulence. We also pay close attention to how quickly companies respond and what they have to say. With web-based email and social networking becoming ubiquitous and indispensable, users clamor for quick acknowledgement and detailed information whenever a web site suffers an outage. The past week has seen improvements from both Facebook and Blogger in how they communicate during and after service disruptions, and their efforts are worthy of praise.
After several hours of persistent complaints from Twitter users, the company has posted a notice that it is aware of the problem. According to Twitter, the errors (such as an “over capacity” message featuring the famous “Fail Whale”) are caused by unspecified changes made to the service in recent days:
User reports on downrightnow and Twitter today point to a widespread service issue with Facebook:
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