You'd think we'd be ready for it after the last time. You'd think we'd know not to get too attached, not to expect that site to hang around forever. One day it would walk out again, just like our dads.
But people still couldn't do anything but lose their shit when they clicked over to Facebook and saw this ominous screen again today.
Predictably, people flooded into Twitter to begin the doomsaying...
Facebook can't be down. Not like this. Facebook, no!— Grant Pardee (@grantpa) September 3, 2014
Breaking News: #Facebook is down! Users are roaming the streets shoving photos in people’s faces and screaming "DO YOU LIKE THIS? DO YOU?"— Cain Ransbottyn (@ransbottyn) September 3, 2014
But we are a resilient species, and many tried to look on the bright side.
FACEBOOK IS DOWN REJOICE REJOICE REJOICE REJOICE REJOICE REJOICE REJOICE REJOICE REJOICE REJOICE REJOICE REJOICE REJOICE— Nullsleep (@Nullsleep) September 3, 2014
I’m happy that I saw on twitter that Facebook was down rather than through my compulsive opening and immediately closing of Facebook.— Elise Foley (@elisefoley) September 3, 2014
The best thing about Facebook being down is not being able to see your friends Ice Bucket Challenge videos— Tom Warren (@tomwarren) September 3, 2014
In the time Facebook has been down I've lived a full, complete life and seen my children age into beautiful, strong and responsible adults.— ASW (@TotallyAllen) September 3, 2014
There were those who found a certain poetic symmetry in the outage.
Facebook website says "Sorry, something went wrong." Which is how I feel reading statuses of people I went to high school with— Eliza Bayne (@ElizaBayne) September 3, 2014
But it wasn't long before groups began claiming responsibility.
I warned people about sending me game requests on Facebook. Said I'd burn it to the ground if they didn't stop. Recognize. #facebookdown— Aaron Gouveia (@DaddyFiles) September 3, 2014
And after just a few minutes of a Facebook-free life, the social network everyone loves to hate returned to our doorstep. On its return, it was smug, knowing full well we had discovered that we need it far more than it needs us.
But luckily, it was down just long enough for people on other social networks to complain about Facebookers ruin everything.
Facebook is down. So once again, Twitter turns into the only bar that's open and it fills up with lots of people who shouldn't be here.— RandyBaumann WDVE (@DVERandy) September 3, 2014
(by Bob Powers)