The rising social network Facebook was down this morning for several hours because the site had to fix a rather nasty bug: Some users could see information from other users’ accounts. [The Register has some details.]
In the meantime, addicted users got to taste the first unwelcome signs of withdrawals.
“The Net buckled,” is how Seth Goldstein put it. He is a serial entrepreneur now building applications for Facebook. “People realized how much they depended on fbook,” he said in an instant-message interview, “like AOL when they went down in 96/97.”
Now the site is back up, and a Facebook spokeswoman just sent this release, explaining (um, kind of) the outage:"
This morning, we temporarily took down the Facebook site to fix a bug we identified earlier today. This was not the result of a security breach. Specifically, the bug caused some third party proxy servers to cache otherwise inaccessible content. The result was that an isolated group of users could see some pages that were not intended for them. The site has now been restored and we apologize for any inconvenience this may have caused.".