Facebook images and profile pics not showing - Yet Another issue in the facebook MeltdownTuesday, October 04, 2011 by Sean P
Today (Oct 4, 2011) I noticed that Facebook images are not showing up for most all profile images and some other images throughout the site as well. No, there is not something wrong with your computer or internet connection. It is definitely a problem on facebook's end. Loading an image directly, I get an error response from their server(s):
The server is temporarily unable to service your request. Please try again later.
Facebook has had some glitches in the past, and fixed them soon after, so this isn't the first time and probably won't be the last. They're probably working on it as we speak. This bug most likely has something to do with the new features and changes they've been rolling out recently, but could also be a server failure. Though, as you would expect facebook to have redundant back up servers, it seems unlikely that just a single server issue would cause broken images, so it might be a larger issue. This is, of course, all speculation at this point until they make a statement.
Is Facebook Having a Mid-Life Meltdown?
Considering the recent launch of Google+ as their new competitor and biggest "other option" for major social networking sites, Facebook has noticeably sped up their evolution and started to seemingly scramble to do things that make them better than G+, or at least tried to... they've suddenly started to panic as "the old guy" and tried to make some awkward moves back into coolness, mostly unsuccessfully.
However, they have not seem to taken into account that people have been especially sensitive to any changes on facebook now that there is a new major player and "other option" with G+, including some of their not-so-great recent changes like the scrolling feed, newsfeed "relevance" changes, privacy changes, buggy new image viewer (sometimes arrows show, sometimes they don't, inconsistent behaviors, harder to look at and washed out) etc.
With their HUGE web developer staff, you would think they could develop a better way to roll out features to people and allow them to elect updates, more like browsers or other software has done, so that if people really just want it "the way it is," they can choose to stay that way. Oh well! Maybe they'll wise up. Or, maybe they will keep innovating whatever they can think of in this lackluster buckshot attempt to stay ahead and just ruin their own site.
Some people think FB has really F'd themselves in the B already. :-P
Between bugs, mistakes, server problems, SPAM getting into the network, new features that just aren't that great, Facebook really seems to be slipping up under pressure. More and more you see comments from people like "I like the old facebook better." I am reminded of the point at which MySpace turned into a complete mess, and people gravitated in hoards to facebook instead. This could be that point for facebook with Google+ stepping up to the plate and FB dropping the ball. Even major social gaming companies like Zynga are releasing games on the G+ platform (Google's homepage sported a Cityville+ link recently) in addition to their traditionally Facebook platform games which gives G+ even more value, credibility, loyalty, and staying power as a social network with the new user base.
This is one of many examples of how Zuckerberg has lost touch with his one and only notable company and product. He is proving to be less of a genius, and more of a one trick pony trying to toss in a few new tricks. He should really embrace more creative innovations and make them optional to his ENORMOUS user base to learn what is and isn't going to be the next big innovation. (read: zuckerberg call me ;)
It will be very interesting to watch how this unfolds, as this could be the beginning of a power shift from Fb to G+. As it stands, Facebook gets a big -1 for hastily forcing innovation on reluctant users and breaking things while trying to fix what wasn't previously broke, and for Google, a big +1 (pun intended) for generally not sucking, ever (great job).
What do you think?
PS: Facebook, if you are reading this, please call me so I can save you / take it to the next level. ;)