Two days ago, the Time Warner Cable Internet service outage led people to panic and vent their frustrations on Twitter. Now it was Instagram’s time to suffer an outage and once again, unhappy customers jumped on their Twitter accounts to… make jokes about it.
On a light note, it is funny to see how a broken Internet connection can upset an entire country, whereas the fall of Instagram turned everybody into a regular stand – up comedian. We can only hope Twitter never goes down, as where would then people go to speak their minds and complain about the poor quality of technology these days?
This was the first time Instagram has had an outage since they moved off of Amazon Web Services and onto Facebook earlier this summer.
While the Instagram officials made no comment and gave no reasonable explanation on the reasons that led to the Instagram outage Thursday afternoon, we cannot help but wonder: was it because everybody was so excited about Hyperlapse, that somehow the system couldn’t take it anymore and went to sleep for two hours, leaving everybody with their dinners getting cold on the table?
Joke aside, the Instagram outage led to two different kinds of reactions: the genuinely concerned ones, which speaks about people’s level of engagement with the photo – sharing social network, and the mockery ones, which speaks about people’s ability to make fun of one another in any given circumstance.
Granted, there were some delicious tweets and some priceless reactions to the Instagram outage and many media outlets collected them like precious pearls.
But on a more serious note, one cannot ignore the string of “coincidences” that led to major outages in the last days. For instance, Emily Morgan from HNGN made a very interesting observation:
Instagram’s service delay comes after PlayStation Network and Time Warner Cable both experienced major outages in the past week. The hacker group LizardSquad took credit for corrupting PlayStation’s service on Aug. 24. Time Warner Cable blamed a technical glitch for bringing down their network on Aug. 27.
In this trail of thinking, the Instagram outage was announced by Instagram itself via a tweet revealing the existence of “technical issues”, but after the problem was solved, the tweet disappeared and none of the officials responded to journalists’ emails and requests for an explanation. While we can’t all be paranoid because of the LizardSquad tearing down networks and services, it looks like a wind of unfortunate happenings blows over the Internet and its users.