WhatsApp goes down globally, causes stir on social media
Thousands of disgruntled users of the WhatsApp mobile messenger took to social media worldwide early on Tuesday to vent their anger at the app’s unexpected outage.
The popular messenger was first reported to be down at around 9:15 pm EST (2:15 am Tuesday GMT), quickly triggering a flurry of alarming reports on social media feeds around the world.
Whatsapp is down! I repeat, Whatsapp is down!— Andreé/Yarid (@YahairosilvaPro) January 26, 2016
Many WhatsApp users responded in horror to the idea of going without the app for a while, having grown so accustomed to it that they had nearly forgotten how to SMS.
Whatsapp is down? WHATSAPP IS DOWN!!!!!!! I just had to text someone like it was 2008— Daniel Zennon (@dzennon) January 26, 2016
While some anxiously waited for the cherished software to get back online, others took the chance to troll dependence on the app.
The world is experiencing its high level of employee productivity right now because #whatsappdown— Dinesh (@roflmaoist) January 26, 2016
All my cousins back home in India and Pakistan are losing their minds over Whatsapp being down— شعیب (@_khantierX) January 26, 2016
Others used the occasion to promote their own favorite messengers. Some even claimed responsibility for the outage.
Everyone's complaining about Whatsapp crashing. Just switch to Viber.. problem sorted 👌— Gráinne (@Smokahontas_) January 26, 2016
While the messenger appeared to be back up in less than an hour, WhatsApp remained the top trend on Twitter, as the social network reeled with reactions.
🙋 Not affected by whatsapp being down because no one messages me anyway 😁— Weasley (@asheeanuar) January 26, 2016