Excellent work, FB

So, Facebook’s newest bug package features hit my profile last night. While I was in the process of going through the settings and making sure they hadn’t completely undone every privacy setting yet again, suddenly FB went away.

Completely.

The page was white. The URL was valid in the address bar, but there was no familiar blue header bar, no error message, no nothing. Thinking it was some ISP glitch or browser weirdness, I flushed the cache, cookies and so forth; you know, the stuff you’re supposed to do when a website gets all stupid on you. No good. I switched over to MS Internet Explorer, and what do you know? Same thing, just a blank white page where Facebook should be. Wondering what on Earth was going on, I even went so far as to install Google Chrome and test it with that, again to no avail. More than a little irritated at this point, especially considering that no other site on the entire web was affected, I got out my laptop and booted it into Ubuntu Linux. Lo and behold, the problem persists.

I can now land on a login screen that resolutely refuses to let me login: “Sorry, something went wrong. We’re working on getting this fixed as soon as we can.” Yeah, I bet you are. For a while, I suspected I might have been hacked, but then I thought better of it. I would still be locked out — but FB itself would not have been completely invisible for almost 24 hours. I don’t know what the hell they think they’re doing, but frankly I am sick to death of FB constantly “fixing” things that aren’t broken, just because there might theoretically be a competitor that has a feature people like. Every single time FB makes some change (which happens far more frequently than is ever called for), I have to go back through the settings to find what they broke, and then fix it. This time I can’t even do that, because for me, FB does not exist. It is nothing more than a broken login page in any one of 5 different browser/operating system configurations.

Unfortunately, I cannot even simply give up and abandon Facebook. I have family on there who I have no hope of convincing to switch to Google+ or some other service, even if I wanted to try. I don’t. Google+ seems to me a bad idea; having something that’s directly linked to my email account be both available to the public and searchable seems like an identity theft not just waiting to happen, but indeed trying to. Not to mention that Google’s earlier forays into social media haven’t exactly been resounding successes. They’ve tended to launch with some fanfare, last a couple of months and then get quietly euthanized. I have no reason to expect that Google+ will be any different.

Anyway, the only reason I’m even posting this is on the off chance that someone might be wondering why I’m not posting to FB anymore, and is looking here for answers. It’s not by choice.

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