Well, that’s embarrassing.
Earlier this afternoon, as covered by AllThingsD and a number of sites, a Facebook Connect glitch caused serious problems on websites including the Huffington Post, Salon, MSNBC.com, CNN, Yelp, and others.
Apparently, if you were logged into Facebook, when you visited one of those sites, you’d get redirected to Facebook.com, where you’d then get an error message. Users could resolve the issue by logging out.
The problem was fixed pretty quickly, and a Facebook spokesperson sent me the following statement: “For a short period of time, there was a bug that redirected people logging in with Facebook from third party sites to Facebook.com. The issue was quickly resolved, and Login with Facebook is now working as usual.”
Even though the situation appears to be resolved, I’m guessing that a bunch of publishers are all feeling a little more uneasy about their Facebook Connect integration. And if we don’t see a more in-depth explanation/apology from Facebook in the next day or so, I’d be pretty surprised.
Facebook is the world’s largest social network, with over 1 billion monthly active users. Facebook was founded by Mark Zuckerberg in February 2004, initially as an exclusive network for Harvard students. It was a huge hit: in 2 weeks, half of the schools in the Boston area began demanding a Facebook network. Zuckerberg immediately recruited his friends Dustin Moskovitz, Chris Hughes, and Eduardo Saverin to help build Facebook, and within four months, Facebook added 30 more college networks. The original...