Facebook’s Global Downtime, Competitors Gain Big Growth Instead
According to VARIDATA, on the day Facebook went down, Signal had more than 880,000 installs, a 1,200 per cent increase from the previous day. Viber had a record 1 million installs, a 630 per cent increase from the previous day, and Telegram had 6.3 million installs, an increase of nearly 530 per cent. In terms of time spent by users, Snapchat users spent 23% more time that day, Telegram users spent 18% more time, and Twitter spent 11% more time.
As you can see, while most of Facebook’s services were down, its competitors benefited, both in terms of time spent and the number of installations, with significant increases in these figures. This underscores the critical importance of a stable network, especially in today’s progressively digitalized world, which has become a key competency for businesses. varidata specializes in one-stop services such as Hong Kong server rental and hosting, and global dedicated networking.
Facebook also released a report on the beginning and end of the incident, and after the successful restoration of the backbone network, another focus is to restart the data center. The sudden increase in traffic and power associated with a reboot could easily cause the system to crash again. But the good thing is that the Facebook data center has experienced adequate pressure test, so it can reduce the problems encountered in this round.