Facebook is Down, How About Your Website?
Facebook is down, it’s really big news because the site just won’t load. It happens to startups like Twitter and FourSquare as they grow rapidly, but for a site that has been relatively stable – it shouldn’t happen.
It’s the stability that we count on, to connect with consumers, to play farmville, to power our websites?! You got it, Facebook is down, that means Facebook Connect too.
Now, all those great integrations that we heralded as amazing and innovative, are useless. For example, take a look at the Levi’s Friend’s Store and RedBull Integration.
Levi’s Friend’s Store
The store looks pretty empty without all our friends’ faces. Also, because the site can’t connect to Facebook it continually tries to load until the connection times out.
Redbull Facebook Connect
Nothing happens here since the page is powered by Facebook.
Have a backup plan…
If anything, learn that you should not fully integrate priority pieces of your website with a third party – at least without a backup. Make sure you have an emergency plan to put into place in the off chance the integration goes down.
What would happen if your store, fully integrated with Facebook connect, went down? How much money would you lose? Do you know what you would do?