Given the fact that today’s problems occurred less than a week after Facebook spent an insane amount of money for the mobile messaging service — which was also the biggest venture-backed acquisition in history — lots of people poked fun at the situation on Twitter:
WhatsApp undergoes some downtime, as founders are too busy counting out their Facebook billions one bill at a time
— Mathew Ingram (@mathewi) February 22, 2014
— Novy♍ (@Novytique) February 22, 2014
If you ask the Internet 'Why is WhatsApp down?', everyone – EVERYONE – will give you the same answer. pic.twitter.com/8ZSYDBdW9c
— James Whatley (@Whatleydude) February 22, 2014
WHATSAPP IS DOWN AND NOW THERE ARE ONLY 988 OPTIONS LEFT TO COMMUNICATE WITH PEOPLE WHO DONT REALLY CARE ABOUT YOU
— Oculus (@daddy_san) February 22, 2014
— Batoul (@BatoulHussein) February 22, 2014
Whatsapp went down. Some people looked up from their phones after a long time. Refused to recognize the place, time and their family.
— Dorkstar (@Dorkstar) February 22, 2014
Whatsapp is down as they integrate it with your Facebook timeline. When it comes back up every conversation will be posted to Facebook.
— Adam J. S. (@DoctorAdamJ) February 22, 2014
One company took advantage of the outage by promoting its product:
Whatsapp is down. Get something up. Keep calm and make love. Durex has you covered.
— Durex Kenya (@DurexKE) February 22, 2014
As of 2 p.m. PT Saturday, WhatsApp was still down. The service has experienced brief outages about once every 30 days for the past several months, but this one is particularly noteworthy due to the Facebook acquisition.
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