Who knew that Whatsapp being down will create a bigger buzz than its USD 19 billion deal with Facebook, and could bring the world together online to talk about it, as if it was catastrophic. It went down on 22nd February 11:58 PM IST, and in no time it was in news online. Most of the reactions online are funny, some even give a reality check. Which one do you relate to the most?
Many asked-Is it just me?
I was among those who got surprised by Whatsapp not working, even after switching between broadband Wifi and data connections several times, restarting the phone, uninstalling-installing different versions of the app. Finally on checking the Google PlayStore, it was confirmed I wasn’t the only one.
Are you also wondering: “What’s up with Whatsapp?”
— Eller van Buuren (@ellervanbuuren) February 22, 2014
Some said- Facebook did it!
Considering that this breakdown happened just two days after Whatsapp and Facebook shook hands, everyone blamed Facebook for it, although it hasn’t even taken over the functioning of the messaging app yet.
Is it only coincidence that WhatsApp goes down shortly after Facebook buys it?? The Conspiracy Nuts are gonna have a field day with this.
— BTC Bahamas (@BTC242) February 22, 2014
WhatsApp undergoes some downtime, as founders are too busy counting out their Facebook billions one bill at a time
— Mathew Ingram (@mathewi) February 22, 2014
— #ifollowback | #RT (@vincentwap) February 22, 2014
Whatsapp acknowledged the breakdown 2 hours later the online world went haywire.
sorry we currently experiencing server issues. we hope to be back up and recovered shortly.
— WhatsApp Status (@wa_status) February 22, 2014
The skeptical ones
Remember the news about Facebook working with NSA? Some people now have suspicions about getting their Whatsapp data leaked too.
Whatsapp went down last night? It’s OK, they’re just “migrating” your data. 😛
— Madhu Menon (@madmanweb) February 23, 2014
— Nelson Brito (@nbrito) February 22, 2014
The witty ones
Some hilarious tweets came out regarding the whole issue.
whilst WhatsApp was down, I actually talked to my family last night. They are such nice people!!!!
— AndyXclusiv (@AndyXclusiv) February 23, 2014
Whatsapp was down for a while. Apparently their servers crumbled under the weight of $19 billion.
— Fake PM Lee (@Fake_PMLee) February 23, 2014
Zuckerberg had a fight with his girlfriend and she blocked him on WhatsApp and now he blocked WhatsApp #whatsappdown
— ♚JAPA♚ (@JaspreetJsk) February 23, 2014
The indifferent lot
There were also people who either didn’t even notice it was down, or did not care about the service getting disrupted.
Didn't even notice whatsapp not working cos I have no mates x
— Natasha Garbacz (@NatashaGarbacz1) February 22, 2014
Party time for other messaging apps?
On being unable to use Whatsapp, several users actively started switching to other apps in the market. Telegram was the happiest one among them.
This is crazy. We’are getting 100 new registrations every second. Trying hard to prevent connection issues in Europe.
— Telegram Messenger (@telegram) February 22, 2014
What did you do when Whatsapp went haywire? Share with us in the comments.