That’s Right Facebook is down, or has been for a lot of people today and while we are not usually ones to gossip here at Quixotic, but again Facebook has been experiencing server issues. The reason I pose the question “Are You?” is because once upon a time there was no such thing as the Facebook Like button, or any of the other pretty cool (for the most part) Social Plugins. Now there are which means when Facebook has issues, we have issues, at least with our sites if we are relying on some interaction using the Facebook API.
I thought that Facebook by now would have a professional and apologetic method of degrading in these situations, so that when their servers do not work, you can have it timeout to a “Sorry” or “Be Back Shortly” message after I don’t know, say 10 seconds? Instead your site will hang and appear to be loading for eternity when in actual fact, everything has loaded as per usual at the usual speed apart from any Facebook scripts. I have noticed tonnes of sites, almost all I have visited today just loading and loading.
12 Months ago, this would have been an annoyance at the least but with Google “apparently” putting more emphasis on web pages load time would a routine scan of your site at the same time as Facebook lagging, come back with a very negative score? One to think about anyway, so Facebook if you can hear me, sort out some sort of error message and timeout. Purleeeease.
The current status of Facebook can be seen using the Facebook Status Checker on http://downrightnow.com/facebook a clever tool to see if there are technical issues with many popular sites so you can make sure it is not just your connection. The Status at the time of publishing is “Likely Service Disruption”.