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What Do You Do When Facebook Is Down? [MakeUseOf Poll]

Dave Parrack 27-09-2015

Facebook rarely goes down, and when it does it tends to do so for minutes rather than hours. However, with many more than 1 billion users, Facebook is one of the cornerstones of the Internet 7 Most Important Websites We Can't Live Without The World Wide Web (now more commonly known simply as the Web) has been with us for over 20 years now, and in that relatively short space of time it has unequivocally changed the world.... Read More , and those five minutes of downtime can cause mayhem Facebook Broke and Everybody Panicked, More Lenovo Malware...[Tech News Digest] Also: iPhone ad blockers are getting paid to allow some ads, some people think it's acceptable to track their romantic partners, and treadmills are literally torture devices. Read More . And panic. And mass hysteria.


With that in mind, we want to know how you cope when Facebook goes down. Or whether you feel that “cope” is far too strong a word for this mild inconvenience. Welcome to this week’s MakeUseOf Poll.

iPad Pro, Apple Con

To answer this week’s question please scroll down the page until you see the poll staring back at you. But first, we need to look at the results from last week, when we asked, “Which New Apple Product Has You Most Excited?”

Out of a total of 516 votes, 33.3% chose None of the Above!, 21.7% chose the iPad Pro, 16.5% chose the new Apple TV, 11.2% chose the iPhone 6s, 7% chose the iPhone 6s Plus, 5.8% chose the Apple Pencil, 1.6% chose the new Apple Watch, and 2.9% chose Other.

These results show that a significant percentage of our readership simply isn’t interested in any of the new products Apple recently unveiled. However, of those that are interested, the iPad Pro Why The iPad Pro Isn't Just A Bigger iPad If you think the new iPad Pro is "just a bigger iPad", you're wrong. It's a new way of iPad-ing. Read More and the new Apple TV Is This The Apple TV Update You've Been Waiting For? It's here. It's finally here. The long-awaited update to the Apple TV has arrived, but are there any compelling reasons to buy one in 2015? Read More are the devices making people dig deep into their pockets to find the funds necessary to visit their nearest Apple Store. It seems as though Apple should give up on the Apple Watch Apple Watch Review & Giveaway The new Apple thing is finally out, but everyone was talking about the Apple Watch long before it was officially announced. Starting at $349 - we take a look, and have TWO to give away! Read More though, as no one is really interested.



Comment of the Week

We received a few good comments, but this question didn’t really prompt the response we thought it would. Still, Comment Of The Week goes to “likefun butnot”, who earns our admiration and affection for this comment Which New Apple Product Has You Most Excited? [MakeUseOf Poll] Even without the hype, some of the new Apple products might just be worth getting excited about. And we want to know which one has your pulse racing. Read More :

The new AppleTV compares unfavorably with the less expensive 2014 version of the Amazon FireTV, let alone the updated model that will be available in a couple weeks.

The ipad Pro and Pencil are clones of products available in the Windows and Android ecosystems that are additionally hampered by an operating system fundamentally incompatible with productivity software due to lack of filesystem access or a fully functional equivalent. If your definition of work can be accomplished entirely by access to web pages, by remote access to a more functional computer or in a single document editor, that’s great, but there are cheaper devices you could use to achieve the same results.

There’s nothing particularly interesting about another generation of new Apple phones. I’m glad they finally made one with a large screen, but that didn’t happen in this hardware generation, it’s just a refinement of an existing product.

And the watch? It’s a smartwatch. It has crummy battery life and more of the same dubious utility as every other smartwatch. Yay.

The only thing Apple has done in the last few years that I’m willing to credit is finally adding goddamned lowercase keys to the display on it on-screen keyboard.

We chose this comment because it gives a fine, and (some would say) overly harsh assessment of the new crop of Apple devices. We think it’s safe to say this particular commenter isn’t a fan of the guys from Cupertino. But if you are then please do check out our iOS section and our Mac section for a more positive take on the latest Apple goings-on.

Down With Facebook!

Facebook went down briefly for several minutes last week. And if the number of tweets mentioning the brief downtime are anything to go by, the whole world noticed this slight inconvenience. The world didn’t end, no one died, and everything was back up and running in the time it takes to brew a nice cup of coffee 8 Excellent Websites for an Improved Cup of Coffee Coffee is loved all over the world, but some coffee tastes better than others. Want a tastier dose of caffeine? Here are some sites that'll help you get started. Read More .

However, it made us realize that perhaps we’re missing something here. Perhaps Facebook going down IS a big deal. And what better way to find out the truth than to poll our readers. After all, we know you’re all beautiful people, but even the best of us is capable of acting irrationally on occasion.


So, we simply want to know, “What Do You Do When Facebook Is Down?”

Once you have voted in the poll above, please explain in the comments section below why you voted that way. Do you actively avoid Facebook like the plague and therefore not even notice when it’s down? Or do you always notice the downtime and panic that Facebook is gone forever?

The more information you can provide with your comment, the more accurate our conclusions can be based on the results. The best comment of the week will win our everlasting admiration and affection. At least until we all meet back here again this time next week with a new question.

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Related topics: Facebook, iPad Pro, iPhone 6s, Opinion & Polls.

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  1. Anonymous
    September 29, 2015 at 5:15 pm

    "What Do You Do When Facebook Is Down?"
    Sing hosannas and pray to Steve Jobs that it stays down permanently.

  2. Anonymous
    September 29, 2015 at 12:20 am

    Are we goldfish?

  3. Anonymous
    September 28, 2015 at 8:04 pm

    Use G+ or Twitter!

  4. Anonymous
    September 28, 2015 at 7:35 pm

    I selected other for two reasons.

    Facebook has just stopped working as I type this.... What does MUO know that the rest of us don't?!?!?!?

    Firstly: I logged on to MUO via my G+ account (see, it DOES have it's uses!)

    Secondly: Make the wife a hot cup of tea and tell her to stop panicking. Candy Crush will still be there in the morning.

    Being over 35, Facebook is a tool I only use to keep in touch with friends since I moved away 5 years ago.
    Other than that, I have very little need for it as a social network.

    I am still an avid user of G+ and rely on Twitter for keeping upto date with the events of the day (it's also how I found out Facebook wasn't working)

  5. Anonymous
    September 28, 2015 at 6:13 pm

    I check out Facebook daily but I'm not tethered to it. If it goes down, I do something else. I still like Solitaire, I found a really good online one and also Jigsaw puzzles. Or read something interesting like someone's blog. Lots of stuff out there to check out.

  6. Anonymous
    September 28, 2015 at 4:23 pm

    I had no idea Facebook was down. I do use Facebook. I don't use it a lot and I guess it was down while I was traveling so I never encountered that it was down.

  7. Anonymous
    September 28, 2015 at 2:44 pm

    Rejoice because the internet is temporarily less insecure.

  8. Anonymous
    September 28, 2015 at 9:40 am

    What is the facebook?

  9. Anonymous
    September 27, 2015 at 8:47 pm

    Continue using Google+ like any other sane person.

  10. Anonymous
    September 27, 2015 at 8:26 pm

    Pornhub /thread

  11. Anonymous
    September 27, 2015 at 8:25 pm

    I usually write a blues tune. I mean, what else am I supposed to do?

    • Anonymous
      September 27, 2015 at 8:47 pm

      Use a decent social network.

      • Anonymous
        September 27, 2015 at 8:52 pm

        I don't use FB. But I do use sarcasm.

        • Mihir Patkar
          September 28, 2015 at 6:21 am

          Hahahahahahaha winner, Michael.

  12. Anonymous
    September 27, 2015 at 7:39 pm

    "Facebook is down. What are we going to do Brain?"
    "The same thing we do every night Pinkie. Anything other than Facebook."

  13. Anonymous
    September 27, 2015 at 7:35 pm

    What do I do when Facebook is down?

    The same thing I do every other day, aside from reading a few wacky posts by the few people I follow. (I don't mind missing Facebook very much).