Three Social Media Giants Got Hit by Bugs Today

Thursday, 31 Jan 2013 | 5:45 PM ET
Source: Google

Another day, another social media bug. Another three to be exact.

Over the past 24 hours, social media networks Instagram, Twitter and Google+ have suffered bugs and outages that have affected its users' experience.


Users on the micro-blogging platform complained of site slowness or an inability to access the site entirely Thursday morning. Twitter confirmed the issue with CNBC.com in an email and in a short post on its status blog writing that "some users may be experiencing issues accessing Twitter (and its) engineers are currently working to resolve the issue."

This is third such hiccup for Twitter in as many weeks. The company later said intermittent issues affected web and mobile users globally for nearly three hours. (No word on whether the infamous cascaded bug was behind the downtime.)

Google+ :

When CNBC's social team attempted to visit Google+ on Wednesday afternoon, it ran into an error page. Repeated tries over a 5 minute period resulted in the same "Error 500" message accompanied by a disassembled robot. Google notified CNBC.com that the outage was "isolated to Google+" and did not affect other Google properties. More so, not all Google+ users and communities were plagued by the outage.

Still, Google+ would want to avoid any form of downtime in its effort to become the world's number one social network.


The Facebook-owned application, which normally features photos in streams by order of time posted, had a bug of its own this week. Some users noticed photos were displaying non-chronologically. Instagrammer Ryan Jones took a screen grab of a 15-hour old National Geographic photo appearing higher than a photo posted eight hours later.

Was Facebook changing the way Instagram's algorithm works in an effort to begin monetizing the platform with sponsored photos atop users' stream?

A spokesperson for Facebook told CNBC.com that the altered streams was "a small technical glitch" that was fixed shortly after CNBC notified the company.

"Does a premature launch count as a glitch?" tweeted Jones.

— Written by CNBC's Eli Langer. Follow him on Twitter at @EliLanger.

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