Facebook has been having a few site hiccups lately, but to our knowledge none of the issues have been terribly widespread.
However, they were substantial enough that Facebook issued a statement yesterday on the downtime: “We are currently experiencing a technical issue with one of our databases that is resulting in an extended period of site maintenance for some users. We are working on a fix now and hope to have this resolved in the next 24 hours.”
Late last month, some users were also experiencing login errors and News Feed issues as well.
Without data from Facebook, it’s hard to know how many users have been affected by the recent downtime. All of the issues appear to be related to internal Facebook functionality, not the site’s general accessibility.
“Their general internet connectivity doesn’t seem to be the problem,” Peter Alguacil of Pingdom says. “An occasional dropped request, but they’re rare.”
Given that over 300 million people are engaged on Facebook each month, we expect there to be some hiccups in the service. We’ll keep tracking things and let you know whenever more information is available.