Millions of people were left stranded in their cars, in their houses, and at area businesses earlier today when Facebook had a malfunction.
As insane as it may sound, people actually had to drive with both hands on the steering wheel or sip their morning coffee staring blankly at their cereal boxes (a phenomenon which has not happened since the social media giant took the Internet world by storm back in the "'00s"). Some people could not even get dressed as their pleas for "What should I wear today???" were met with "try again in a few minutes" prompts over and over again.
Sally Bergeron, from upstate New York, had this to say, "I got up this morning and Fluffy, my cat...this one...in this photo and this photo...and isn't she just sooooo cute here as she's a photo diva for sure. Um...wait just a second...there she goes again...oh, she's showing me her butt! How cute! I gotta post this up to Facebook, just a second..."
Grant LaPierre, a long-time San Francisco resident, said he had gotten up early to check his email and to see what cat photos had been posted by his Facebook friends, but was shocked to learn he couldn't give a "Thumbs Up" nod to any of them. "Hey, this is how you lose friends" he said, "I can't begin to tell you how many people 'unfriended' me back in September 2010 when Facebook crashed before. It was horrible. They thought I didn't like their cats. It was all the more gut-wrenching this time because they knew I just got a dog. I guess I'll have to do a bit of back-tracking to make it all right. Thanks a LOT, Facebook...you'll be hearing from my lawyers tomorrow."
According to the Chicago Tribune, Facebook acknowledged the problem, but insisted it was only for a "brief period of time"...even though service was down for several hours across the globe.
"We're sorry for the inconvenience" a Facebook representative stated, "We know how many of you rely on Facebook for news of the world, of your friends and family, and of their cherished pets. We honestly had no idea the global impact of not seeing a link from a friend of a YouTube viral video of a cat playing with a laser pointer...would have on the world. We are sorry...and we will strive not to have anything like this happen again. Honestly, it was our server guy. It was his fault...not ours. I hear he doesn't even LIKE cats!"
Facebook service did resume to its full capacity after a few hours although their stock did plummet in the early morning hours. General Mills stock, ironically, gained a few points and finished nicely at the end of the day.