This week brought good news and bad news to WhatsApp, the cross-platform mobile messaging company Facebook acquired in a $19 billion deal in February. The good news: WhatsApp announced in a tweet Tuesday that it set a record by handling 64 billion messages in 24 hours. The bad news: The traffic may have taken its toll, as WhatsApp was down for a few hours Wednesday morning.
Facebook’s work week got off to a rousing start, as many users, including this writer, experienced issues that ranged from being unable to access their accounts to receiving error messages when attempting to update their statuses, like, comment, or post on other users’ Timelines.
Every network experiences outages, and Facebook is no exception. Vice President of Infrastructure Engineering Jay Parikh spoke with CNET about how the social network handles outages, and how he handles requests for more servers.