Lights out at Facebook

by alec on July 31, 2007

We might be looking at the first big Facebook outage folks. Today, at various times, the front page of Facebook has displayed:

  • Your account is temporarily unavailable (7:00 AM EDT today).
  • Facebook is upgrading.
  • Facebook is temporarily unavailable.  We're working on it…

And a few minutes ago DNS wouldn't resolve the site name altogether. 

TechCrunch picked up on it at 10 PDT, but perhaps more interesting is this assertion that Facebook may been hacked.  One thing is certain… you don't take your site offline in the middle of the day to do server upgrades.  Whatever the reason — hacked, failed upgrade, dead servers — the tension must be excruciating in downtown Palo Alto at the moment. 

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