What do you do when your favorite social media site goes down? Users found out what it was like to be without three hugely popular social media sites this past weekend when server outages slapped the East Coast of the United States.
A slew of social media sites went down after storms smacked the East Coast, sparking power outages for hundreds of thousands of residents Friday evening. Netflix, Pinterest and Instagram all were victims of the severe storms though by Saturday most were restored and users once again posting away.
The disruptions began at around 11:21 p.m. EDT Friday, which lead to issues with Amazon clients, video streaming site Netflix, photo site Instagram and virtual scrapbook site Pinterest, according to RedOrbit.com. All three sites took to other forms of social media, using sites like Twitter and Facebook to explain the situation to users.
“As of Friday evening of June 29, 2012, Instagram has been experiencing technical difficulties,” read a recent Instagram Facebook post. “An electrical storm in Virginia has affected most of our servers, and our team of engineers is working hard to restore service.”
Netflix took to Twitter to apologize to users. “We’re sorry for the outage and working to get your Friday streaming back to normal as quickly as possible. Thank you for bearing with us,” Netflix tweeted, and then again, ”Everyone should be back up shortly, if you aren’t already. Thanks again for being patient. And awesome.”
Pinterest took to Twitter to explain too. “Pinterest is currently unavailable due to server outages. Our goal is to be back up by 10:30PM PST. Thanks for your patience!,” Pinterest tweeted.
Netflix and Pinterest were up and running Saturday while Instagram scrambled to restore problems too. The scrapbook site tweeted, “We’re back! Our team is continuing to work on some remaining issues that may impact performance. Thanks for your patience and happy pinning!”
All are said to be fully restored at the moment, though some Instagram users are still experiencing lags. You can view their status here.
Did you suffer any service issues?