Facebook Glitches: If you have ever wondered in the past how powerful Facebook Inc (NASDAQ:FB) really is, you never have to concern yourself with this again.
Last night, many of the most popular websites in the world were affected by an error at Facebook. From CNN to MSNBC to Yelp, top web properties experienced difficulties. Sure, it only lasted a few minutes but during this time it was interesting to speculate as to what was going on.
Here is a brief rundown from FoxNews.com regarding the problem:
“Upon visiting the sites, users were redirected to an error page inside of the Facebook website, which seems to suggest that the error lies in Facebook Connect, the software platform that snakes Facebook’s reach throughout the entire backbone of the Internet. Connect is seen on many third-party-publisher websites in the form of the “Like” button — especially BuzzFeed, the viral news site which relies primarily on social media to spread throughout the Web.”
In other words, if you tried to visited one of the affected websites you would have been sent to a Facebook error page. As you can imagine, this confused millions of people in a short period of time.
So, what does Facebook Inc (NASDAQ:FB) have to say about all of this? Not much, really.
The article goes on to cite the following quote from a Facebook spokesperson, as told to AllThingsD.
“For a short period of time, there was a bug that redirected people logging in with Facebook from third-party sites to Facebook.com. The issue was quickly resolved, and login with Facebook is now working as usual.”
As you would expect, the social networking giant downplayed the issue.
While true that this only lasted a few minutes and it did not cause any real harm, it is a reminder that Facebook Inc (NASDAQ:FB) is truly one of the most powerful companies in the world.
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