Instagram down in mass power outage
June 30th, 2012
12:12 PM ET

Instagram down in mass power outage

Breakfasts everywhere went undocumented on social media Saturday morning because photo-sharing site Instagram is still down after a line of powerful storms caused mass power outages across the Midwest  and Atlantic Seaboard on Friday night.

Fierce thunderstorms and high winds, some topping 80 miles per hour, whipped across Indiana, Ohio, West Virginia, Washington and Virginia, leaving debris, hot temperatures and no power to combat the record-breaking heat.

In addition to Instagram, Mashable and Forbes reported that on Friday night Netflix and Pinterest, powered by Amazon's Elastic Compute Cloud, also were down because of weather affecting the region. The majority of those accounts, and the sites themselves, appear to be up and running again.

However, on Saturday morning, people were still taking to Twitter and Facebook, complaining or poking fun at the impact of Instagram, based in northern Virginia, going dark.

Some tweets encouraged people to enjoy the blackout by leaving technology behind for the weekend, that it's OK to eat breakfast and drink coffee without sharing a photo of it with the rest of the world via social media. Other tweets joked that many people would go undocumented on Facebook or Twitter as long as Instagram was down because of the site's various photo-enhancing filters.

A similar conversation ensued when Twitter experienced a widespread outage on June 21, its largest since October 2011.

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Instagram: My addiction and affliction

Viral vigilantism, Tony Hawk style

Instagram and the rise of photo apps

Instagram wants photos to be seen beyond 10-hour window

How to behave on Instagram

Do you fly into a panic when your favorite social media site goes temporarily dark? Or does it allow you to disconnect? Let us know in the comments below.

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  1. Greek American

    I wish upon Facebook having the same demise.

    June 30, 2012 at 12:51 pm | Report abuse |
    • Alex


      June 30, 2012 at 1:03 pm | Report abuse |
    • banasy©

      You and me both, Greek American!

      June 30, 2012 at 1:29 pm | Report abuse |
    • Craig

      It there is a great flying spaghetti monster in the sky, it will.

      June 30, 2012 at 1:40 pm | Report abuse |
  2. S

    Indiana, Ohio, West Virginia, Washington and Virginia. Midwest huh?

    June 30, 2012 at 12:59 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mike

      Yep. Indiana, Ohio are Midwest. DC and Virginia are considered the Atlantic Seaboard. Learn yo geography.

      June 30, 2012 at 1:24 pm | Report abuse |
  3. dboreham

    Poor reporting : data centers have generators designed to cope with utility power failures. They don't go dark just because the power goes out. So what happened here? There's an interesting story to be told as to why the backup power measures failed.

    June 30, 2012 at 1:25 pm | Report abuse |
    • Gas Predictor

      Even if the data center itself stayed up but all communication relays for hundreds of miles around went down, the service would be unreachable.

      June 30, 2012 at 1:44 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Craig

    So you're telling me that a multi-billion dollar company like Facebook doesn't have a backup system in place to deal with such issues? I find that impossible to believe.

    June 30, 2012 at 1:38 pm | Report abuse |
  5. little mister

    I am glad I took my Facebook page down.

    June 30, 2012 at 1:55 pm | Report abuse |
  6. little mister

    You call this joke funny..

    June 30, 2012 at 2:07 pm | Report abuse |
    • bobcat (in a hat)©

      I honestly don't recall asking your opinion on this. It matters not what you think.

      June 30, 2012 at 2:14 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Kenny Rogers

    Yeah I HATE when that happens (eyeroll)

    June 30, 2012 at 2:15 pm | Report abuse |
  8. chrissy

    Lol i call all bobcats jokes *funnies!* Good one bobcat.

    June 30, 2012 at 2:15 pm | Report abuse |
  9. janetlaw

    And I'm supposed to care because......?

    June 30, 2012 at 2:18 pm | Report abuse |
  10. little mister

    Hi chrissy

    June 30, 2012 at 2:19 pm | Report abuse |
  11. little mister

    No its not a joke, its called a little mister. Oops same thing.

    June 30, 2012 at 2:20 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Little Monster


    June 30, 2012 at 2:20 pm | Report abuse |
  13. little mister

    I got highjacked 3 times on here.

    June 30, 2012 at 2:22 pm | Report abuse |
  14. chrissy

    Hello little mister.

    June 30, 2012 at 2:22 pm | Report abuse |
  15. chrissy

    lmao now THATS funny! Who hijacks a hijacker? Lol

    June 30, 2012 at 2:26 pm | Report abuse |
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