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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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. @ninjabynight

    Since Instagram is down, I have decided to go back to our prehistoric ways of having fun. Any one up for hide-n-go-seek?

    June 30, 2012 at 2:27 pm | Report abuse |
  2. little mister

    Hahahahaha! I am all of them! I hijack everyone! Hahahahaha!

    June 30, 2012 at 2:28 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Oh Please

    This is a -story-? You'd think after the idiocy of the mis-reported SCOTUS decision CNN would try a little harder, but, alas, it's not to be so.

    June 30, 2012 at 2:28 pm | Report abuse |
  4. little mister

    Only to be back as someone else. I can't be beaten at this game.

    June 30, 2012 at 2:31 pm | Report abuse |
  5. chrissy

    lmfao @ bobcat, that was hillarious! And little mister, superman is working today.

    June 30, 2012 at 2:43 pm | Report abuse |
  6. mwong

    Is this The Onion News?

    June 30, 2012 at 2:49 pm | Report abuse |
  7. banasy©


    June 30, 2012 at 2:51 pm | Report abuse |
    • CenTexan©

      Hello banasy...I've got a little more free time on my hands as of I thought I spend a little of here with you nice people!

      June 30, 2012 at 5:33 pm | Report abuse |
    • banasy©

      I am glad you are here...I've missed your down-to-earth and sane posts terribly!
      Given the jacker problems we've been having...wonder how long you'll stay...
      I agree about the Instagram thing...don't know, don't care.

      June 30, 2012 at 5:39 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Nick

    I didnt understand most of this article....I'm only 41, but what the hell is all that stuff??

    June 30, 2012 at 3:06 pm | Report abuse |
    • James

      It's passing us by, my friend..

      June 30, 2012 at 3:18 pm | Report abuse |
  9. banasy©

    Anyone using my name after this will be an imposter; good day, everyone.

    June 30, 2012 at 3:14 pm | Report abuse |
  10. banasy©

    Kenny, as it is you doing all that hijacking, that means nothing; you're still here, right?
    I pray you get help for your multiple personality order.

    June 30, 2012 at 3:17 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Joe

    People really share pictures of their breakfast? Even worse, CNN finds this newsworthy? I really thought this was going to link to The Onion or some other joke site

    June 30, 2012 at 3:19 pm | Report abuse |
  12. banasy©

    Now, goodbye!

    June 30, 2012 at 3:20 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Kenny Rogers

    I know banasy dosent' hate anywone, she just hates trolls. If I weren't such a troll, i'd agree.

    June 30, 2012 at 3:30 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Bayousara

    No, no heat in Washington. Not Washington State, that is. We have rain. Our nation's power grid is in terrible shape, mostly due to grid-lock in Congress. These power failure will get worse as the years past.

    June 30, 2012 at 3:34 pm | Report abuse |
  15. banasy©

    Silly Kenny.
    I don't hate people...I hate trolls.
    If you're not one, you haven't a thing to worry you?

    June 30, 2012 at 3:36 pm | Report abuse |
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