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Facebook Network Issue Fixed

Facebook this morning reported that the network issues that slowed the social network last night have been resolved, and that the site is working normally again.

Early this morning, Facebook posted a note on its site telling users that its engineers had cleared up some network issues that last night were causing slowdowns and time outs on the social networking site.

"We were experiencing a network issue that affected how we distributed traffic between our data centers," said Kathleen Loughlin, a spokesman for Facebook, in an e-mail to Computerworld today. "As a result, the site may have been slow or timed out for some users. We worked diligently to resolve the issue as quickly as possible and it was fully resolved."

Facebook first posted a notice about the network problem around 5 p.m. EDT yesterday.

In the comments posted below Facebook's post this morning, users gave the company mixed reviews for its efforts.

"Much better tnx," wrote Facebook user Peter Hoevels. And Rowan Dehni commented, "Thanx..I luv u."

However, a user named Marc Gilmore wrote: "I cant even get into the discussion page, it's sooo slow. Why announce you've fixed the problems when you clearly haven't?" Another, listed as Harsh Manocha, said she was "still facing the same problem"

Facebook has become a social networking phenomenon, so any problems with the site are likely to generate a lot of online buzz.

Facebook, which has more than 400 million users, last month topped Google as the most visited Web site in the U.S. for a full week for the first time.

Sharon Gaudin covers the Internet and Web 2.0, emerging technologies, and desktop and laptop chips for Computerworld . Follow Sharon on Twitter at @sgaudin , or subscribe to Sharon's RSS feed. Her e-mail address is sgaudin@computerworld.com.

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