Facebook crashes under weight of inspirational quotes
The recent anniversary of Martin Luther King’s ‘I have a dream’ speech triggered the posting of what analysts have called a “landslide” of inspirational quotes on Facebook, forcing the social media platform to temporarily crash on Friday.
According to web statistics, at one at stage more than three million moving, motivational quotes by politicians, thinkers and authors were being posted by Facebook users every second, overloading the system.
Across the Middle East, thousands of users reported that the website would not load or that their attempts to post enriching, thought-provoking maxims from writers such as Kahlil Gibran as their status updates had repeatedly failed.
“I had this great line by Deepak Chopra, something about following your passions or something, I can’t really recall,” said Dubai-based pharmaceuticals rep Mona Eltassy. “But every time I tried to put it on my wall I got this error message. I tried a few minutes later with something by the Dalai Lama about inner strength, and the same thing happened!”
While the situation may have been a shock for most Facebook users, experts have since claimed that the crash had been a long time coming.
“We’ve been warning that this situation would come about for months now,” said social media guru Laith Baxter. “The number of people cutting and pasting a quote from a well-known verse, book or speech onto their Facebook wall in the vague hope that it’ll make them sound deep or philosophical has been growing steadily over the past year or so, and was already reaching unsustainable levels by June. Zuckerberg should really been prepared for something like as this.”
Facebook this morning issued a statement claiming that they had increased the capacity of its network to cope with the strain from increased poignant, rallying status updates said by other people, but urged its users to limit themselves to a “maximum of three” each day.
“I just hope they’ve prepared themselves for every eventuality,” added Baxter. “Just imagine if something should happen to Paulo Coelho… it doesn’t bear thinking about.”