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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, and those five minutes of downtime can cause mayhem. 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 and the new Apple TV 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 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:
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.
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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