Yes, we are starting out the week with a global shutdown, but not the kind of shutdown everyone has been anticipating. Today users around the world are experiencing outages on Facebook and related social media networks including Messenger, Instagram and WhatsApp. You may have thought it was an internet connection problem like I first did until I searched online and found some answers. Even Facebook internal communication platforms are down!
Not only are Facebook’s services and apps down for the public, its internal tools and communications platforms, including Workplace, are out as well. No one can do any work. Several people I’ve talked to said this is the equivalent of a “snow day” at the company.
— Ryan Mac 🙃 (@RMac18) October 4, 2021
WHAT CAUSED IT? From what I read, the outage was caused by a DNS (domain name server) fail. I guess this is the naming structure that forms the web’s infrastructure! Not the greatest for facebook as their stock has dropped 5.5% since open! I’m sure they will get it all figured out soon…
So, @facebook‘s DNS is broken this morning…
TL;DR: Google anycast DNS returns SERVFAIL for Facebook queries; querying https://t.co/0BDgaIHmlr directly times out. pic.twitter.com/3GHJ3mW0P0
— Jim Salter (@jrssnet) October 4, 2021
THOUGHTS… At first this may feel like an inconvenience but let’s change that posture and think of this as a gift! Fight the urge to run to another social media outlet to like Twitter, Tiktok, or Snapchat to get your daily dose of social media. Instead take this time to unplug and work on a fun skill! I’d like to recommend taking this blessed time to learn music or take this time to practice your instrument of choice! If you have already started your musical journey maybe you could learn a new piece, work on a new solo/scale, write a song! If you are completely new to music and/or just need some guidance set up a music lesson today with a teacher in your area like me! I personally have openings and availability throughout the week including today! So if you reach out to me, you can start playing music before the day is over.