A number of Instagram users are currently reporting difficulty accessing the popular photo-sharing service both on the web and mobile versions of the app. At 3:37 pm Pacific Time this afternoon, Instagram confirmed the outage in a Tweet citing “system issues”:
We're currently having system issues. We are aware of the problem and are working hard to resolve it. Thank you for your patience!—
Instagram (@instagram) November 09, 2013
As of 4:00pm PT, the system still appears to be having problems for many users. Indeed, trying to visit individual Instagram profiles on the web (such as TechCrunch’s) is currently turning up a 504 gateway timeout for me.
This has naturally resulted in some panicked messages on social media from people desperate to share sepia-hued snaps of their Saturday afternoons — and even more jokes about the absurdity of such first world problems.
We’ve reached out to Instagram and its parent company Facebook for additional comment on the outage, details on what’s caused it, and when it should be remedied. We haven’t heard back yet, but this post will be updated with any response we receive.
Let’s all hope it’s fixed before the Saturday evening club-hopping hours commence. Those artfully-posed selfies aren’t going to post themselves.