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Brad

As someone who hasn't used Facebook for nearly a decade (makes me feel old not gonna lie), I'm finding the effects of the outage on other people more interesting than the outage itself.

I wonder if anyone who uses these services will realize how much they actual spend on them. Or if they will find they don't really need/want them. (this is especially true for the social media apps)

Odds are most will just go back to their usual usage once its back up tho ;D

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Ben Halpern Author

I wonder if anyone who uses these services will realize how much they actual spend on them.

Probably the biggest shame of Facebook is how many restaurants, etc. closed down their websites and only have a Facebook. It's a shame bigger than one incident, but it's something to think about.

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leob

Why's that a shame if I may ask? As a small/medium size business an FB page seems an easy and practical way to get a web presence with minimal cost and effort - I'd say this is one of the most obvious "real" benefits of FB (most of the other benefits are mainly for the sake of FB's and Marc Z's pockets lol) ...

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Brad

I personally haven't ran into any restaurants with their menu being isolated only to Facebook. I've ran into more restaurants that have QR codes to get online menus during the pandemic. This doesn't include all those other restaurants that integrate with mobile ordering/delivery.

The on restaurant I know that has a weak online presence is actually thinking about closing shop 100% due to the stresses of the pandemic. However, even this place had integrated with mobile ordering/delivery.

Its possible I'm just avoiding those places, or where I live that just "isn't a thing", but I can see and understand there are places where that is more of the norm.

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buphmin

I think restaurants ditching menus for facebook is a symptom of something larger though. A lot of web dev agencies out there either won't work with projects the size of a restaurant menu, or will way over sell what is needed. Most restaurant's need a handful of static HTML pages to display basic info, something that could be done by a FE dev in less than a day. My first job tried to pitch a massive wordpress build with all kinds of stuff for like $50k to a local restaurant that just needed an online menu.

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leob

I can't blame those small businesses for ditching their costly websites and just throwing an FB page together, cheap and easy does it, and for web devs or agencies there's no money to be made anyway on these small websites, so I'd say win/win situation ...

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Ben Sinclair

It's interesting for me because I didn't find out about it for hours since I apparently don't use any Facebook things, with the sole exception of the Quest 2 which requires an account... and as far as I know it was unaffected because it doesn't actually use Facebook in normal running. I gather I'm an exception.

Oh, and I got an email from a friend for the first time in so long it felt like a handwritten letter.

I used it as an opportunity to nag my friends about federated systems.