Popular social networking site Facebook went dark for a few minutes this morning (Thursday). Judging by the panicked reactions to the outage across other social media, the outage seems to affected most people around the world.

During the downtime, when you navigated to any Facebook page or profile, a notification was displayed on screen simply read “Sorry, something went wrong. We’re working on getting this fixed as soon as we can.”

No explanation has been given yet, but the instant reactions across the world undermine how curiously rare this kind of outage in this day and age.

https://twitter.com/prianca2391/status/479553346248769536

An account that appears to be a parody (it could be real I guess) of Zimbabwe’s governing party tried to take credit on behalf of a Mr Mugabe of Harare:

And our favourite Tweet on the subject:

Meanwhile, the crisis continued for people around the world. We reckon it was about five minutes here, The Guardian in the UK is reporting it was 20 minutes there.

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Inserting its url in the website isitup.com, the result confirmed that it was having connectivity issues around the globe.

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Charlie started his professional life as a motoring journalist for a community newspaper in Mpumalanga, Charlie explored different journalistic angles since his entry into the fast-paced world of publishing in 2006. While fostering a passion for the arts, Charlie developed a love for technology – both which allowed him to serve as Entertainment and Technology Editor for an online publication. Charlie has since been heavily involved in consumer technology for various websites and publications. He thoroughly enjoys World War II films and cerebral documentaries; aviation; photography and indie music. Oh yes, and he also has a rather strange obsession with collecting coffee mugs from his travels.