The crashing down of Facebook, Instagram and WhatsApp could have laid waste to the world of celebrity, which often uses these social media channels to spread the word about their lives.
So when the social media sites started showing no signs of returning as Facebook
apologised for the global outage, there were worries that a prolonged absence could send some stir crazy as they stare at their screens, waiting for the sites to kick back into life.
Whereas it could have laid waste to many a celeb, it would seem that many embraced the lack of ability to take to Instagram and were soon seeing the funny side of the social media meltdown.
From reality stars to soap stars, there were many quips posted to Twitter, which became the ‘go to’ app for anyone who wanted to get a fix while Facebook figured out what was going on.
After four hours of black out, former Coronation Street star Catherine Tyldesley looked for a perfect way to unite her followers and that was rating TV sitcom characters.
The actress tweeted: “Fave Friends character???”
She was soon inundated with hundreds of answers as she brought some light to the dark times of an Instagram blackout.
Former EastEnders star Tamzin Outhwaite wondered if there was a bigger force in operation, with the end of days getting nearer.
She tweeted: “No Instagram, no whattsapp , no petrol … is something bigger happening here?”
Pregnant reality star Lauren Goodger had thoughts as to what would happen if the outage happened at the most inopportune moment on social media.
She wrote on Twitter: “God we addicted to social media loool wonder why it’s down! I said imagine you just posted a pic and didn’t want too and was like “s**t” I can’t delete it now loool”
For former Geordie Shore star Ricci Guarnaccio, it brought a blast of nostalgia, with him revealing: “Haha first time I’ve sent SMS text msgs in years”.
Mark Wright was also enjoying the fallout, tweeting: “Literally watching everyone who says they are NOT addicted to social media and DONT sit there scrolling all night, having a melt down right now.”
It was left to former TOWIE star Dan Osborne to sum up the mood of the nation by announcing: “I prefer Twitter anyway.”
With the problem not seemingly being resolved in any timely fashion, Facebook took to Twitter to apologise for the outage as its communications executive Andy Stone said: “We’re aware that some people are having trouble accessing our apps and products.
“We’re working to get things back to normal as quickly as possible, and we apologize for any inconvenience.”
WhatsApp mirrored this as it said in a tweet: “We’re aware that some people are experiencing issues with WhatsApp at the moment.
“We’re working to get things back to normal and will send an update here as soon as possible. Thanks for your patience!”
Instagram also took to Twitter to plead with its communities to “bear with” while they work to solve the issue.
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