Facebook working to fix site trouble

Social networking phenom reports a problem that is causing a slow-down and time-outs on the site

Facebook announced late this afternoon that its engineers were working to fix a problem causing site trouble for users.

In a posting on its site, the company reported, "We are working as quickly as possible to fix a network issue that is causing the site to run slowly or time out today for some people. We apologize for any inconvenience and appreciate your patience." The announcement was posted at about 4 p.m. EDT.

Facebook has not yet made any updates about the problem, and users have been quick to comment on the post.

"Yeah... I'm having problems with things showing up when I post them, and messages that I've already read showing up as unread," wrote one user, Rachel Luczkowski.

Sharon Adams wrote, "Yes, it has been incredibly slow! Not been receiving my Inbox Messages until 24 hours after friends posted them!"

And as users usually do when Facebook is having problems, they vented their frustrations on Twitter.

On Twitter, FacelessOx tweeted, "Is it just me, or is Facebook messing up & glitching bigtime tonight?" And portiaalex wrote, "Who broke Facebook?"

Facebook has quickly become a social networking phenomenon.

The site, which has more than 400 million users, hit a major milestone last month. For the first time, Facebook replaced Google as the most visited Web site in the U.S. for a full week, ending March 12, reported Hitwise, an online traffic monitoring firm.

While Google returned to the top spot, Hitwise noted that grabbing that position for a whole week was a major milestone for Facebook.

Sharon Gaudin covers the Internet and Web 2.0, emerging technologies, and desktop and laptop chips for Computerworld. Follow Sharon on Twitter at  @sgaudin or subscribe to Sharon's RSS feed . Her e-mail address is sgaudin@computerworld.com.

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