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Facebook is Down : After Gmail and Chrome, Now This?

Earlier today, I was having issues with Google Chrome crashing every now and then. What fixed it was disabling sync and logging out of my Google account in Chrome. I also had errors logging into Gmail, but after a few minutes, it was back up. Now, Facebook is down. And from this post on Mashable, it’s happening all over the world.

Usually, Facebook acts up when they’re updating something. So far, I’m pretty happy with what they’ve improved, though businesses might have a different point of view. But, everyone started to freak out because of Facebook’s outage. Needless to say, Facebook has been one of the go-to websites of people today. And with my work as a Social Media Manager, the downtime affects me big time.

I’m not sure what’s happening, but looks like it’s one major and important update that the Facebook team resorted to a wide outage that has been going on for at least 10 minutes now. I’m restless and excited at the same time. 😀

When I access their site, this is the error I get:

Facebook's outage - Server not found on Firefox

In Chrome, it says “This webpage is not available”. When I checked Facebook’s status on Down For Everyone Or Just Me, it gave me this:

Facebook not found on Down For Everyone or Just Me

I’ve been checking some of the people on my local Twitter feed, and no one seems to be complaining. I guess I’m the only one wide awake and are on social media sites because of work – the rest of them are on their way to work.

If you can’t access Facebook too, let me know at the comments section where you’re from. If you want to read updates on the status of Facebook, check this post on Mashable.


  • 6:41pm EST – Facebook is back up, but is working really slow. Other people are still complaining that they can’t access yet.

Win FREE Dota 2 Beta Keys!

Defense of the Ancients or Dota all started as a modification (mod) for Warcraft 3 and it has now become one of the most played and anticipated stand-alone games in the world of computer gaming. Though I can’t count myself as an expert, I’ve had countless days of playing Dota and I completely understand why it’s addictive and fun, especially when played with friends in a local area network.

Win FREE Dota 2 beta keys here!

Thankfully, Valve Corporation developed this mod into a stand-alone game known as Dota 2 as it’s been a very successful game for quite a long time now. Gamers who play at home don’t have to go through Garena anymore to play Dota 2. Oh, and did I mention the amazing graphics in Dota 2? I LOVE IT! 🙂

Having an internet café / computer shop business here in the Philippines, I knew players here will demand that I install and give them access to play. After checking ways to gain beta keys, I was surprised to learn that Dota 2 Philippines was generous enough to give me Dota 2 beta keys for my computer shop AND 20 more to give away. Thank you! 🙂

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Facebook Reply to Comment and Nested Comments Feature

There’s a new Facebook feature that I noticed on my account that I use for work. A feature that enables people to reply directly to comments posted on a photo, video or status message. Responses will show up as a separate thread below the comment, just like nested or threaded comments for blogs. Here’s an example showing the 2 actions you can do on comments on a Facebook thread – Like or Reply:

Facebook reply to comment

Once you click on Reply, there’s a separate text box for you to type in your response to the said comment.

Reply to Comment on Facebook - new thread

Here’s how the nested comment thread will look like, a screenshot I took of another Facebook page:

Nested comment threads on Facebook

In my opinion, it’s a great addition to Facebook so conversations will be more organized. People won’t have to tag others just to indicate who they’re responding to. I’m not sure if responding to a comment will notify that one person only. I’ll have to test this and will update this post.

I hope Facebook will implement this everywhere, even on personal accounts where conversations can sometimes be chaotic. 😀

I only see this feature on select Facebook pages, so I’m keeping my eye out on this update.

What do you think of this new nested comments feature on Facebook?

Facebook Group Pin Post Feature : Finally!

I’m currently an administrator / moderator for a couple of Facebook groups, two of which are for Filipino bloggers. One of the frustrations of my responsibilities is bumping threads about rules or guidelines that all members should know.

When members have been fairly active, I would have to scroll through a number of posts or I have to use the search function to find the post or thread that needs bumping, which you do by posting another message so the thread will be placed on top again.

However, bumping a thread doesn’t guarantee that it’ll be easily seen by members since any other thread that gets liked or commented on will eventually take the first spots on the group wall.

Thankfully, Facebook has added a much-needed feature to Groups – Pinned Posts.

Facebook Group Pin Post feature

What this feature does is the same thing as the Pin feature on Facebook pages and Sticky for forums. The pinned posts will remain as the first threads on the group wall unless someone unpins them. Saves us a lot of time by taking out the need to bump important threads.


Facebook Group Pin Post Reminders

Here are a couple of things to take note about the new Facebook Group Pin Post feature:

  • This feature is only available to administrators or moderators of the group.
  • If there are a couple of posts you need to pin, you can do so.
  • For multiple pinned posts, if you have one discussion thread that you want to appear first, pin everything else then pin that important post last. Update: You can now only pin one post.
  • You can unpin posts quickly.

Facebook Group Pinned posts

It’s been a long time coming, seriously. And I’m just glad we now have the Facebook Group Pin Post feature as it’ll make it easier to manage discussions, reminders and even events for Facebook discussion groups.

What do you think of this new Facebook feature?