If you thought the Internet freaked out for a little bit and every site you went to was down, you’re not alone. Major websites were down: CNN, Huffington Post, ESPN, Gawker, The Washington Post, BuzzFeed, etc. were all broken. Why? Because of a glitch with Facebook. Developers at Gawker said that the glitch started with Facebook Connect, basically any site that had a Facebook Like button on it was borked. Why? Because the bug would wrongly redirect those sites to Facebook which would result in an error page. The only way to prevent the Internet from dying on your computer was to log out of Facebook (since Facebook’s Like button is everywhere). But the truth is, how many people even realize they’re logged into Facebook? Or Google. Or Twitter. Or whatever. Everything connects on the Internet, even if you don’t see it.
Facebook Briefly Broke the Internet on Thursday Night
Author: Shelly Palmer
Shelly Palmer is Fox 5 New York's On-air Tech Expert (WNYW-TV) and the host of Fox Television's monthly show Shelly Palmer Digital Living. He also hosts United Stations Radio Network's, Shelly Palmer Digital Living Daily, a daily syndicated radio report that features insightful commentary and a unique insiders take on the biggest stories in technology, media, and entertainment. He is Managing Director of Advanced Media Ventures Group, LLC an industry-leading advisory and business development firm and a member of the Executive Committee of the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences (the organization that bestows the coveted Emmy® Awards).