World's Heart Skipped a Beat

by zachariecouture on September 24, 2015 - 10:42pm

Is it possible that the World stopped turning for 15 minutes? That depends if you are one of the 1.49 billion users of Facebook. Sadly, the CBC article about the tiny technical issue of the largest social network is worth the first place on Google feed as I typed “news” this evening.

At precisely 12:30 p.m. ET today, Thursday 24th, 2015, all Facebook’s users started to see error pages as they we’re probably “stalking” their friends. The disconnection to the world lasted until 12:45 p.m. ET. During this infernal quarter of an hour, many opted for Twitter to update their life and compensate their grief. In this CBC article, we can read various posts, mostly jokes, which were made during the crisis. For example, Upworthy’s writer Adam Mordecai clowned, “#facebookdown day 1, minute 3: we still have electricity, poppa has been hoarding antibiotics and microbrews. We're gonna ride this out”.

Personally, I find it funny how fast the Facebook community reacts to such a small insignificance. We have become dependent to this platform way more than we think… and I say “we” because my own Facebook page is opened as write down these words, and so might be yours. Also, even if folks commonly made jokes out of the situation, we can’t lie about it : there is a grain of truth in every joke. We should all see this short crash as a sign. Let’s go outside and change our habits!