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

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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. Redeye Dog

    Panic? Amazing what the world has been reduced to...

    June 30, 2012 at 3:39 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Sue

    Guess people are the people that feel like they need to show every detail of they are the same narcissists that can't go without he internet. We're farked as a nation aren't we? Billions of people survive on a daily basis without half of the stuff we have, even electricity, and they survive. We go a couple of hours without electricity & internet and we begin to panic.

    June 30, 2012 at 4:29 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Patiat

    CNN acquired the Onion?

    June 30, 2012 at 4:29 pm | Report abuse |
  4. andyoo

    really? knock out power?
    have they heard of desel power generator???
    even my company have 2 that has size of a trailer each.

    June 30, 2012 at 4:36 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Bill Duke

    Yawn. First World Problem.

    June 30, 2012 at 4:46 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Furious Styles

    Instagram had no problems BEFORE the Facebook takeover. Take note!

    June 30, 2012 at 5:02 pm | Report abuse |
    • D Rock

      Obama and his minions...

      Trump 2012

      June 30, 2012 at 5:20 pm | Report abuse |
    • banasy©

      Uh huh.
      Obama and his minions are also having fun with their little weather machine, too.

      June 30, 2012 at 7:03 pm | Report abuse |
  7. 2tor

    Ironically, when social media sites go down, people actually become sociable.

    June 30, 2012 at 5:08 pm | Report abuse |
    • BD70

      Not ironic. People actually have to talk to one another. Showing a picture of you breakfast? lol

      June 30, 2012 at 7:03 pm | Report abuse |
    • BD70

      Why don't you all have an actual breakfast together?

      June 30, 2012 at 7:04 pm | Report abuse |
    • banasy©

      Still trying to figure that one out, or why anyone would even care, lol....

      June 30, 2012 at 7:05 pm | Report abuse |
  8. JDUB

    There is something seriously wrong when people feel like they have to share pictures of their breakfast.

    June 30, 2012 at 5:11 pm | Report abuse |
    • Edwin

      I did take a picture of a breakfast once... it was a really incredible omelet at a fancy-shmancy restaurant. But I think the stuff I normally eat would be an insult to my camera...

      June 30, 2012 at 6:56 pm | Report abuse |
  9. J Olsen

    This is news?????

    June 30, 2012 at 5:16 pm | Report abuse |
  10. D Rock

    If the government would stop bailing out companies and injecting them with taxpayer's money this kind of stuff wouldn't happen!

    June 30, 2012 at 5:22 pm | Report abuse |
  11. roscoe

    apparently I did not cut and paste properly – sorry for the overkill but I still stand by my message.

    June 30, 2012 at 5:26 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Jeff Frank (R-Ohio) "Hot Wing Insanity"

    See you guys soon. We got a little tornado damage and are without power for the next 3 to 5 days. The wife and I are OK. See you soon.

    June 30, 2012 at 5:27 pm | Report abuse |
    • CenTexan©

      @Jeff sorry to hear about your situation. Best to you and the family.

      June 30, 2012 at 5:32 pm | Report abuse |
    • banasy©

      Oh, Jeff, I'm sorry...must have been that wicked storm system that went through yesterday..
      I am so glad you and your wife are all right!

      June 30, 2012 at 5:36 pm | Report abuse |
    • roscoe

      Don't know you but wishing you and yours the best from PA.

      June 30, 2012 at 6:01 pm | Report abuse |
    • bobcat (in a hat)©

      @ Jeff Frank

      Sorry to hear about your damage. Hope it wasn't to bad. Really glad to hear you and the wife are fine.

      June 30, 2012 at 6:12 pm | Report abuse |
  13. CenTexan©

    I must be getting old...I don't know what instagram is and I don't really care.

    June 30, 2012 at 5:31 pm | Report abuse |
  14. zzBottom

    what is a pintrist?

    June 30, 2012 at 5:40 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Steve

    God bless George Bush. Global warming doesn't exist. No need to worry.

    June 30, 2012 at 5:42 pm | Report abuse |
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