Facebook outage spotlights social media addiction

After Facebook went down on Thursday, one thing was certain: People don’t like to go without their favorite social networking site.Industry watchers say Facebook users suffering through the two-and-a-half-hour outage were like drug addicts going through withdrawal. Facebook’s more than 500 million users have grown accustomed to sharing updates about their cats and colleagues, and posting funny pictures of drunken friends and kids acting silly. They certainly don’t like it when the social networking site goes down.
http://www.computerworld.com/s/article/9187900/Facebook_outage_spotlights_social_media_addictionAlso see:How Facebook fixed the site: they turned it off and on again. Literally
An unusual database problem at the giant social networking site could only be cured by taking the sort of action you normally take with a misbehaving PCEver been on the phone to IT support and they told you to turn it off and then on again, and that sorts it out?Facebook last night had that sort of problem. So they turned the site off and on again. And it fixed their problem. Literally.
http://www.guardian.co.uk/technology/blog/2010/sep/24/facebook-outage-turned-off-on-again

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