• Bola Kwame

What I Learned When Facebook Went Down

Yesterday was a dark day for humanity. For almost 6 hours Facebook and all its services went down completely.

Facebook, Instagram, and WhatsApp were dead for much of the day, which in addition to causing great losses to Zuckerberg's pocket, had many effects on me.

I used to ask myself the question: what would happen if all social media were turned off for a day?

Would what we all feared to happen with Y2K? Would society collapse and a post-apocalyptic dystopia begin? Would I finally finish writing my book?

Let's hope we never have to discover that, but yesterday we had a little taste of what it would be like. So I kept a small diary of what it was like the day Facebook went down.

Hours 0 to 1

I realized that some social networks are not working. Mainly Facebook, and WhatsApp. I already see Twitter and Telegram users claiming that they are the master race.

It took me a few minutes to realize that WhatsApp was not working, as I usually never have messages. I couldn't see the difference.

Hours 1 to 2

I noticed that Instagram doesn't work either. Now there is a pattern here: Zuckerberg. I hope my friends who studied political science don't use this as an example of the damage that capitalist monopoly causes.

[15 minutes later]

My friends who studied political science made a thread on Twitter about the damage of capitalist monopoly in society.

We are all on Twitter talking about the downfall of the other networks. You can tell the difference between old school users and new ones. Those of us who have spent more time here look considerably more tired and angry.

There is a lesson to be learned here.

Hours from 2 to 3

I'm at the office and I've already done everything I usually do in a whole day. I ran out of ideas of what to do.

What am I supposed to do? Work?

The boss walks between cubicles more than usual. He doesn't seem to be concerned about whether we are really working, he looks more concerned about what is going on in the world.

Some coworkers are gathered in front of a television with the news, waiting for an update. I hadn't seen anything like it since the Hudson River landing.

Hours 3 to 4

I was hoping that when I got home from work everything would be sorted out. I usually come in, take off my shoes, and sit on the couch briefly checking social media until I hate myself or it's dark outside.

There is news of an alleged attack on Facebook's servers, a UFO sighting, and radio signals arriving from space.

It made me want to re-watch War Of The Worlds for some strange reason.

Hours 4 to 5

I advanced tomorrow's work, exercised for the first time in two months, read 50 pages of a book, and meditated.

Instagram and Facebook seem to be slowly getting back to normal. I think I was 45 minutes away from reaching Nirvana.

Mark Zuckerberg is said to have lost $ 6 billion from Facebook Down. I'm 6 billion dollars closer to Mark Zuckerberg.

Rest of the day

I wasted the rest of the day checking Instagram and Facebook.

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