Facebook is without a doubt one of the most visited sites on the internet. Amassing over 500 million users and continuing to grow rapidly, Facebook is now an integral part of the world wide web with the development of their FBML (Facebook Markup Language) which integrates Facebook which virtually all popular websites so that users can share content they fancy instantly by clicking the ‘Like’ button on any website that employs the FBML. A typical routine for most of us comprises of checking Facebook at least once a day and powering up your browser only to find that the site isn’t loading can instantly shift your mind into a state of emergency as you hit the refresh button frantically over and over at an alarming rate. If your ‘refresh frenzy’ proves unsuccessful, you can try these tips to fix the issue.
What to do if Facebook is down
- Check if your internet is up. You can do this by simply loading another website.
- Find out if Facebook has been blocked on your network. This is more likely if you are a guest on a shared network connection than your own personal connection. Facebook is commonly blocked in school and office connections.
- If that isn’t the issue, the next step would be to find out if Facebook is down. This is of course highly unlikely however there have been brief downtime issues with Facebook in the past. To find out if Facebook is down the easiest way would be to use this website to check the status of the website. Another method would be to search twitter (irony?), even a short period of time would result in hordes of tweets acknowledging or querying if the site is down.
- Try restarting the computer. Isolated issues such as these usually go away when you restart the computer.
- Read this thread. There are some useful tips provided there.
- The last method that usually wouldn’t be required would be to find out if Facebook has been blocked in your country for some reason. While this is unlikely, it has happened in the past to a few countries such as China.
The answer to your issue would most probably lie in one of the 6 points above, however if you are still unable to find a solution you can call your ISP or leave a comment below with relevant details and I’ll try my best to assist you. Happy Facebooking!