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. bobcat (in a hat)©

    @ banasy@ and Cen Texan©

    Whatever an instagram is will just have to remain a mystery. But I just found a new word I never heard of before. It's what caused thes widespread power outages that have affected so many, including our friend Jeff Frank.

    The word is DERECHO. Have you ever heard of it ? It's a new one on me.

    June 30, 2012 at 6:26 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Edwin

    I don't understand. Lots of people die all the time. In fact, more people than that probably die every minute due to traffic accidents.

    Don't get me wrong - I have nothing but sympathy for the families and friends of these very unfortunate people - but 8 people out of 300+ million is not something that should cause companies to suddenly donate to the Red Cross... they should donate ANYWAY, but because of this weather.

    June 30, 2012 at 7:02 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Edwin

    (I meant NOT because of this weather)

    June 30, 2012 at 7:02 pm | Report abuse |
  4. chrissy

    Aw @ Jeff Franks,so sorry to hear that, glad yall are ok! lol @ Edwin, and @ bobcat, no ive never heard of it, & @ centexen & banasy, me either on instagram, pinterest, or onion (except the ones in my kitchen) and by the sounds of it we aint missin much!

    June 30, 2012 at 7:10 pm | Report abuse |
  5. peter

    This author has a very dark, sick, and twisted sense of humor. There have been fatalities from this, and they choose a headline such as that.

    June 30, 2012 at 7:22 pm | Report abuse |
    • banasy©

      There have been fatalities from Instagram, or the power outage?

      July 1, 2012 at 10:53 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Greek American

    Hi banasy, centexan, bobcat, fernace, and everyone else. Just wanted to extend some hope and the best to Jeff Frank as well. All of you, have a great weekend.

    June 30, 2012 at 7:27 pm | Report abuse |
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  8. John Billion

    A billion dollars and they don't have redundancy. Wow.

    June 30, 2012 at 8:05 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Skipper

    This is news???

    June 30, 2012 at 8:07 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Innkahoots

    Storms in the North East, storms and floods in Florida, fires all over the west. Yep, it is offically summer.

    June 30, 2012 at 8:27 pm | Report abuse |
  11. AMC-200 A/C Service Station

    I have fun with, result in I found just what I used to be having a look for. You have ended my four day lengthy hunt! God Bless you man. Have a great day. Bye

    July 4, 2012 at 2:29 pm | Report abuse |
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    You could definitely see your skills in the work you write. The arena hopes for more passionate writers like you who aren't afraid to say how they believe. At all times go after your heart.

    July 5, 2012 at 12:01 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Isabella

    My relatives every time say that I am killing my time here at web, however I know I am getting know-how daily by reading thes nice posts.

    January 9, 2013 at 5:55 pm | Report abuse |
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