posted 14 Nov ’07, 3.52pm MST PST on flickr

Too popular for its own good? Will the groovy ship Facebook sink under its own weight?

I dunno, but a raft of these screens are not all that enticing for me to spend time here.

Too bad the poke thing always works…

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An early 90s builder of the web and blogging Alan Levine barks at on web storytelling (#ds106 #4life), photography, bending WordPress, and serendipity in the infinite internet river. He thinks it's weird to write about himself in the third person.


  1. Shame, especially in the case of Second Friends which is my app! 🙂

    With Facebook, it isn’t always clear whether the problem lies with Facebook itself, or with the server from which the application is served or with the network in between. If lots of apps are failing then I guess the network might be to blame. Facebook doesn’t give apps long to respond to requests… anything more than 5 or 6 seconds and you get the kind of error you are seeing above.

    Second Friends did go thru a bad patch in terms of response time, largely because I hadn’t thought thru my algorithms properly when I first coded it… but since then it has been fine (at least up until the last time I checked it – this morning). So not sure what is happening 🙁

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