With SocialAds on the way, is Facebook getting the shakes?

One Facebook user has noticed problems with her connection to the social-networking site over the past several days. Is she alone?

There are just over 24 hours left until the formal announcement of Facebook's new advertising initiative . Is the site experiencing some jitters in preparation?

Late last week, one of my editors IMed me to ask whether Facebook was down. It was, but within five minutes, it was running again. Over the weekend, I noticed that the site was logging me out periodically. I wanted to check out a friend's new profile photo, but I repeatedly got log-in screens instead.

Then, on Monday morning, the site has slowed to a crawl. When I attempted to approve a new friend request, Firefox asked that I save a PHP file to my computer rather than actually opening up a page. Eventually, it allowed me to approve the request, but I'm still getting "page timed out" messages on occasion.

It's not necessarily anything major: in the summer of 2006, both Craigslist and MySpace.com experienced major outages that threw off the sites' operations, for example. And don't even get me started on Second Life. But the Facebook mini-outages and glitches have been noticeable, and that's not good when you're trying to get big ad partners onboard a new project.

There's no official word from Facebook on whether all this is due to server issues, connection issues, or the fact that I used a stupid profile photo of myself in my Halloween costume. (I've since taken it down.)

Has anyone else out there experienced Facebook instability over the past few days?

About the author

Caroline McCarthy, a CNET News staff writer, is a downtown Manhattanite happily addicted to social-media tools and restaurant blogs. Her pre-CNET resume includes interning at an IT security firm and brewing cappuccinos.

 

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