UPDATE: Facebook back functioning after brief outage

Published on Wednesday, 3 September 2014 16:09 - Written by BY KENNETH DEAN, kdean@tylerpaper.com

The one-liners were rampant Wednesday afternoon after the popular social media Facebook went down for about 15 minutes, leaving millions of users looking at their computer screens and hitting refresh.

John Moore of Tyler posted on his Facebook page, "I tried posting that Facebook was down, but since it was down, I couldn't."

Moore then posted, "Four horsemen just rode past my house."

Moore's quips were only a couple of the thousands that began hitting Twitter and when it returned, Facebook, itself.

Facebook only put out a message saying, "Sorry, something went wrong."

Some thought their computers had a malfunction and actually rebooted their units, but many didn't even know Facebook had any problems.

Local dentist Rick Coker said he had just written a bit of beautiful prose only to have it lost forever.

Across the vastness of the internet, many wrote their own thoughts about the tragedy.

One poster on Twitter "thousands are roaming the streets, shoving photos, asking, 'Do you like this, Do you?"

One man wrote, summoning a famous movie line, "I felt a great disturbance in the Force, as if millions of voices suddenly cried out in terror and were suddenly silenced."

Tyler Police dispatchers said they had not received any panicked calls, as was the case last month in Los Angles when callers began dialing 911 to report Facebook was down.

But for all of the jokes, there were some who appreciated the few minutes of the social media being off line.

"I wish we could go back to before Facebook," one woman wrote on Twitter.