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Social networking site Facebook is mainly unavailable this afternoon. Several Register readers mailed to tell us of the problem for UK surfers. A spokeswoman for Facebook UK told The Reg it was aware of the problems and was investigating. The site is showing a blank page. Maybe too many people are trying to organise their …


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  1. Matt

    No longer used....

    I thought Facebook was riding the downward curve as people chased the latest fashion elsewhere.......

  2. Pete Silver badge

    facebook down ...

    ... exam results sky-rocket

  3. 3x2

    This is serious

    If the outage lasts much longer perhaps UK BOFH's can start putting together relief packages for the victims.

  4. Anonymous Coward

    Immediately made me think of this...

    I felt a great disturbance in the Force, as if millions of voices suddenly cried out in terror and were suddenly silenced.


  5. Steven

    Several Register readers mailed to tell us of the problem...

    Com on own up, who was it. We won't throw rotten fruit at you honest :)

  6. Ian Ferguson
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    ...the world has not ended. Yet.

    I have noticed a sudden upsurge in productivity in our office this afternoon though, now I know why.

  7. David Temple


    Atleast is stops me playing packrat...I can get back to work now until it's fixed

    Or maybe I'll just read The Register cover to cover.

    Work is for wimps

  8. Louis
    Paris Hilton

    Who cares?


    Hilton, because who cares what she's up to either...

  9. iSuff44

    Facebook, Why!!!!!!!

    Oh no what are we to do, our lives are over, this is the end.

    Maybe we could learn to live our lives, interact face to face learn to venture outside and communicate?

    Nah just wait till it's back up!

  10. buddypepper

    .com not working 100% either...

    The US/Canadian .com site's not been working 100% this morning either. No Apache errors, but things just aren't loading in some cases.

  11. Senor Beavis

    Gone to the zoo

    Could "gone to the zoo" replace "outage" in all IT-related announcements, please? It would brighten up my day no end...

  12. Robert Grant

    Not had a problem at the random times I've looked this afternoon... what I'd say if I were a work-shy Facebook-a-holic. As it is, I'm hard at work commenting on The Register.

  13. Anonymous Coward

    And now it's showing a php.ini file....


    register_globals = Off






    zend_extension = /usr/local/ioncube/



  14. paul bainbridge

    Slight update

    Showing a directory listing now

  15. John Latham

    OMG indeed

    That php.ini file is easily the most interesting thing I have read on Facebook.

  16. Simon C

    Fancy that, the world is still a-turning.

    Companies probably saw the productivity jump up in percentage terms since the outtage.

    Mines the coat, you know the thing you use to go outside every once in a while.

  17. Peter


    Or maybe they've come to their senses and closed it. They're thinking about developing real software, but aren't sure yet.

    Now, leave me be, I've got to update my Twitter and MySpace accounts.

  18. Anonymous Coward
    Alert = gone to the zoo

    as Senor Beavis said, please Ctrl+H all articles from now on.

    Muchas gracias!

  19. pctechxp

    Its our hobby..bitch

    will probably be the reply to people who complain.

    Lets hope the wheels are finally coming off and that this waste of space disappears

  20. Anonymous Coward
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    re. Gone to the Zoo

    I second this as a new euphamism for outage etc.

    As in "sorry, but the database server's gone to the zoo".

  21. Anonymous Coward

    News Angle?

    OK, I admit, there is (perhaps) a tentative IT angle on this "story", but seriously, where the hell is the NEWS ANGLE? Chav Central is offline, whoop-de-doo - who cares (except the Chav's of course!)??

  22. Nic Brough


    No scrabulous? Dammit, I no longer have any excuse to put off putting captions on my cats...

  23. Anonymous Coward


    Now I have to actually *talk* to my friends :(

  24. Jan

    So tell me... this good or bad news?

    stop, for obvious reason.

  25. Tim Schomer


    Some of the people in our office might actually get some work done now... (slim hope).

  26. Dave

    Gone to the zoo

    "Could "gone to the zoo" replace "outage" "

    I second that. Add it to the lexicon.

    Seems I can access facebook from the .com, never tried to use a before, but I just get a directory listing with a php.ini and a (403) cgi-bin folder.

    I imagine a trip to the zoo is not far off a customer survey for facebook.

  27. Alan Brookland

    Helpdesk bounce

    Works fine for me. Problem must be at your end..

  28. Robert Grant

    However there is a real problem with Facebook... least in Firefox 3. When you click on a link, it appends it to the current URL and sometimes just sits there:

    /Click on Inbox/

    I don't know if that's normal activity-tracking stuff and it's just a server timing out, or whether something's wrong with the links, but I do know that if I delete the stuff in between the domain name and the appended url: works fine.

  29. Anonymous Coward
    Paris Hilton


    I had one really-working-but-trying-to-get-on-facebook user say to me she couldn't get on facebook - she thought the MD had asked our IT manager (my boss) to block facebook!

  30. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    the cause

    Apparently someone added themselves as a 'friend', causing a rift in space and time. Admins were quick to delete the errant account, but by then the rift had grown and some accounts belonging to likely-paedophile 38 year olds on Faceparty merged with the accounts on Facebook, causing a paradox, at which point spacetime fucked off to the zoo until normality was restored, temporarily leaving Facebook with no reality in which to exist. And for the briefest of moments the world was a better place.

  31. Jules Greenwall

    Working here but...

    ... the RyanAir site is trashed. Been trying to check-in for a flight all afternoon.

    It must be serious as they [Ryan Air] are now saying that they will not charge you to check in at the airport!

  32. Anonymous Coward
    Black Helicopters

    @AC - Blocked

    Well, All our new employees contact me to ask why when they visit FB they get 'Request Blocked by Webblocker'

    And I just say "Really... Complain up the chain"

    Bloody IT Policy makers!

    Thank god for remote access to my home pc! :D

  33. Benny

    For a minute there I thought I may have to work

    but then I realised that El Reg and B3ta were still up, so no worries on that front

  34. Kanhef

    @ Robert Grant

    Look at the source code and see what the actual <a href=... tag is. My guess is that it's a malformed link which works in IE6 but not in standards-compliant browsers.

  35. Daniel Bennett

    Don't Worry You Bookers

    It's working :p

  36. Oliver

    @ Robert Grant

    I found that too. Uninstalling Adblock plus seemed to fix it!

  37. Anonymous Coward
    Paris Hilton


    It's back.

    Like Paris then, can't get rid of her

  38. David
    IT Angle

    Gone to the Zoo

    I third/fourth the motion to refer to all outages as "Going to the Zoo". For what it's worth, FB mobile seems to be working as normal, and by that I mean it's unreliable, and every so often decides that you've got no friends

  39. Anonymous Coward

    @ Chris

    All that's left is to google google and we can totally break the Intarwebnets!

    BRB, server's gone to the zoo..

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