Facebook down earlier today; The Hunger Games to blame?

Facebook users experienced some down time earlier this afternoon when they tried to visit the site. As reported by News.com, The problems started after 1 pm Eastern time when Facebook.com simply would not load at all on PCs. The site later came back to life after about 15 minutes but users still experienced slow downs in loading the site for a few more minutes.

One possible reason for the slow down was the launch, at the exact same time, of a promotion for the upcoming movie The Hunger Games. Lots of media sites launched contests to give away tickets to the world premiere of the highly anticipated film and some of those contests used Facebook pages in order to sign up people to win those tickets.

It's more than possible that the legion of Hunger Games book fans flooded Facebook when the sweepstates were first announced via Twitter and caused the brief slowdown for the entire site.

The downtime for Facebook comes the day after the company announced its plans to launch a public stock offering. It also revealed that it had 845 million monthly active users, over $3 billion in annual revenues and $1 billion in annual profits.

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texasghost said,

Well..then that proves it. Pretty much the only people interested in the movie are the people reading the books. Same with Harry Potter...same with Twilight.

Probably true, but that's a lot of people. The Hunger Games is currently the #1 bestselling book on Amazon. Not too bad for a book that was released on July 3, 2010.

It was down for about 5 minutes for me. What amazes me is...facebook has 60,000+ server farms all over the world. How in the world could facebook go down at all with so many servers?

Glassed Silver said,

Same here...
Never heard of it until today...

GS:mac

I think it was more the fact somebody was giving something away. Most people don't care what it is...they just know...it's free whatever it is. Cause then they take the free tickets or free passes and load them up on their ebay account and make money on them.

But I also have no idea what Hunger Games is. We must be part of the wrong genre of interests.

Really dont see why this is front page news, ive been having issues with facebook for a week with it being slow, not responding or saying i have new notifications when i do or the best one was when i had 99notifications that would never go.

This isn't news. Please, unless its a global outage for days its really not worth posting. Didn't affect me, and if one marketing launch can take down a server for fb then if Anon want to take the whole site down...well...

dancedar said,
This isn't news. Please, unless its a global outage for days its really not worth posting. Didn't affect me, and if one marketing launch can take down a server for fb then if Anon want to take the whole site down...well...

It was down globally... Used a tool that pinged facebook.com from 12 different locations all over the world. None of them had a response. downforeveryoneorjustme.com also reported it down as well.

shockz said,

It was down globally... Used a tool that pinged facebook.com from 12 different locations all over the world. None of them had a response. downforeveryoneorjustme.com also reported it down as well.


Ive used that tool before and its not 100% accurate.

dancedar said,
This isn't news. Please, unless its a global outage for days its really not worth posting. Didn't affect me, and if one marketing launch can take down a server for fb then if Anon want to take the whole site down...well...

Okay Neowin, please refrain from any posts that do not affect dancedar. This is the new limus test of "news"

Rudy said,
didn't go down for me

Same here, ive practically been on it all day at work creating and updating various Facebook pages. Was a bit slow around 11am GMT, however apart from that its been fine all day.

Fus10n said,
I hate be "that" guy but why is it news when a website is down.. lol

Yesterday the support pages from Sophos also weren't loading. You couldn't login nor download anything. Why wasn't that reported here as well?

Fus10n said,
I hate be "that" guy but why is it news when a website is down.. lol

I think we use to have a rule here about not asking about if a site is down, yet when a site goes down its "news".... downtime happens, even in a 24x7 world...

Fus10n said,
I hate be "that" guy but why is it news when a website is down.. lol

If you hate being that guy then why are you being that guy?

If I goto any news web site (especially 24 hour news sites like fox news or CNN) I can find a dozen posts a day that I'm not interested in or even think are news worthy.

Fus10n said,
I hate be "that" guy but why is it news when a website is down.. lol

Call me crazy, but that would because the site is *Facebook*. Just like it would be news if Google search had an outage.