May 02, 2017

Instagrammers vent ire on Twitter as Stories crashes globally

BYPankaj Mishra

With the Facebook-owned Instagram’s popular Stories feature going dark, users were left high and dry early on Tuesday. Many took to Twitter to vent their ire.
#instgramdown was trending on Twitter and users came up with numerous jokes and memes.
“I thought World War 3 had finally come,” “Almost a heart attack” and “#InstagramDown will be the most frustrating part of my week” were some of the reactions Instagrammers tweeted after Stories experienced a bug. The problem started late Monday night.
“#Instagram crashed this morning resulting in your breakfast going cold! :P,” a user tweeted, referring to people’s habit of posting a story before they eat anything.
Another user said: “#instagramdown was the best thing to happen on twitter.”
This time, the bug prevented Stories users — over 200 million — from updating the feature that lets them post photos and videos that disappear after 24 hours.
Although people were unable to update posts, they could still view their previously uploaded images and other people’s stories which had some time remaining to expire.
According to a report in CNET, the Facebook-owned photo and video sharing app tweeted that it was aware of the problem and was working to fix it. There was no further official word from the company on whether the issue was finally resolved.
This was the third time in 10 days that Instagram experienced a problem.  On April 27, people complained of the app having crashed, among other issues.
On April 24, users complained about the app’s newsfeed was not loading, apparently because of an issue with its servers.
Stories was introduced on Instagram in 2016 after it became popular on its rival photo and video sharing platform Snapchat.
After watching the efforts pay off, Facebook later rolled out the same feature on Whatsapp and Facebook mobile apps as well.
Last week, Instagram announced that it now has more than 700 million users. “We’re thrilled to announce that our community has grown to more than 700 million Instagrammers. And the last 100 million of you joined faster than ever,” the company wrote in a blog.

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Pankaj Mishra is a writer of FactorDaily.