Last night the users of a social network were once again separated from the content they’d created and the conversations they’d had, after another outage restricted access to the site. The #FacebookDown hashtag spread across other social networks after users were subjected to the second Facebook outage within a few weeks.
It wasn’t an overwhelmingly long outage, with Facebook working again for most users within half an hour. Facebook later confirmed that the cause of the problem was caused by and error the team encountered while making an infrastructure configuration change. Short outage or not, if there is crucial information locked within a social network – and think of all the messages that you might need to refer to – then these sorts of outages can become very problematic:
Lisa M. Brownlee (@lmbrownlee1) September 03, 2014
Others took a slightly more comedic stance at the news:
Google+ see huge increase in users since #facebookdown A record 16 people are now using the service.—
Ryan Gerritsen (@ryangerritsen) September 04, 2014
Facebook is down for most of the world. Workplace productivity is at an all time high. #facebookdown—
OMG Facts (@OMGFacts) September 03, 2014
The point remains that whenever you don’t have a copy of your content, then you can never be fully in control of it. Yesterday’s outage – along with other recent instances of social network downtime – only serves to highlight the importance of keeping a backup of your content.
SocialSafe allows you to download your social network posts, pictures, messages and more, directly to your own PC or Mac. Once there, you have the freedom to browse, view, search and do more with that content. The built-in features such as Collections, Insights and PDF Export really do put you in control of your content.
To start backing up your content now, download SocialSafe for free.