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Checking social networks is a morning ritual for many, and when that routine is disrupted — as it was recently when Facebook’s servers went down — its absence can come as a surprise. But what also becomes apparent is that when the world’s most popular social network is inaccessible, so too are many thousands of websites that rely upon Facebook services.
Twitter was down for three-quarters of an hour this morning (meaning dedicated Twitter users had nowhere to complain about Twitter being unavailable). Twitter’s explanation for what happened is a reminder that no deployment is immune from unexpected problems — and also a nifty example of how to understate those issues.
Gmail suffered an outage yesterday, with some users unable to fully utilise the service for close to ten hours after two successive network failures created difficulties. While that sucked if you were one of the people affected, it’s worth noting that even a 10 hour outage means 98.6 per cent uptime.
Apple’s Developer portal was shut down last week following an attempt to steal user credentials from the site. Since then, a Turkish security researcher has claimed responsibility. Apple has now updated the security on the portal and updated a number of systems, but not everything is up and running yet.