March 13th began like an ordinary day. After eating some oatmeal, I sat down with my coffee and posted a blog, “Sauerkraut is the New Yogurt… Or the New Apple” but when I hit the button to share it on Facebook, I got an error message. After trying to share the blog several times unsuccessfully, I googled and was drawn to a site called Down Detector, where I learned about the Facebook Outage of 2019.
On the Down Detector site they had a live map which showed all the places in the world where Facebook was having technical difficulties, and they had a live feed (by Disqus) in which people from all over the world were commenting about the issues they were having with Facebook. That comment feed was very entertaining. It was like a Facebook feed on steroids! One person marked themselves “safe during the Facebook Outage of 2019”, while another person shared that they had just eaten some walnuts and a banana!
But beyond the humor of that comment feed, the range of comments revealed the spectrum of our human condition. Some people were very angry and threatening to quit Facebook, while others were speculating about whether or not China or the aliens were attacking us.
That first day I was quite intrigued by the map, and I posted a few comments referring to how interesting it was that Los Angeles and New York seemed to be “hot spots.” Well, the next day I wasn’t so enchanted with that live feed anymore, because I discovered that they had deleted about 2,000 of the 21,000 comments, including several of mine, which they marked as “detected as spam”… Do I seem like a spammer to you?
Anyhow, let’s get to the emotional center of the matter. Were you affected by the Facebook Outage this week? If so, did it stir up any feelings for you? How do you feel about Facebook in general?
I have always had mixed feelings about Facebook. When I could not get into my account, and I was staring at that white screen with the small letters “Sorry, something went wrong,” I found myself wondering, “Did something go wrong? Or… did something go right?”
What would life be like if we no longer had Facebook?
May All Beings Be Free of Suffering.
May All Beings Be Happy!