We’ve all seen or know someone, or even experienced the frailty of life when the power goes out or when Facebook goes offline, for “Maintenance”, or whatever else they call it. Take for example January 28th, 2015, a day which will live in infamy, when both Facebook AND Instagram both went offline for upwards of ONE hour. This was the real blackout that was happening, and that was affecting all of us online-affected.
Despite a so-called “snowstorm” (like those things never happen) wreaking havoc among the eastern US, nothing really compares to the fact that sometimes your Facebook just won’t connect to allow you to laugh hysterically at an amazing cat video, subversively waste more time at work, or that you can’t share that super-unique coffee latte photo to your hundreds of rabid instagram followers.
If you were one of the few that between incessant refreshing of your newsfeed, noticed that it wasn’t working, please be aware that there is a cure for those so afflicted. It’s called the social media always responds today syndrome – or SMART.
Hopefully this plan will help you recover fully the next time we encounter such a primordial disaster.
Yes, down time on social media can be disastrous if you are not prepared. Here is how you can be properly prepared for when the offline-pocalypse starts (again), and Facebook is offline.
- Stop clicking on your newsfeed. Yes. Just. Stop. It won’t work.
- Google this: “Is Facebook down”. Investigate the results.
- Ask yourself a rhetorical question; “Is this thing actually on?”
- Clench your hand into a tight fist and angrily condemn the social media gods (out loud) – “Damn you, how can the world be so cruel to me!!” (extra exclamation pointed added for additional drama stirring emotions).
- HR just called. They want you to get back to work. Your productivity has dropped 16.7% since your last report.
- Make a list of all the reasons why social media is important in your life.
- Did I mention that Facebook shouldn’t be running (and ruining) your life.
Go on, keep it simple. Just get some real work done. Not “busy” work either – that is a conversation for another Facebook and Instagram blackout.
This public service announcement is brought to you by GSD – Get Sh*t Done. Real Sh*t that is.
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