Who's next? Facebook outage follows Gmail outage on Monday

Users take to other social networks to fuss about Facebook's DNS-related outage

Just hours after the web exploded with complaints about Gmail being down, Facebook users got their turn to complain late this afternoon. 

Twitter and other social media sites started popping with posts from Facebook users asking whether the site was down after 5pm eastern time. #Facebook down was trending high on Twitter late Monday afternoon.

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Website status sites such as DownForEveryoneButMe.com and DownRightNow.com were showing that Facebook was still down at 7:30pm eastern time, though I got on by 7:15pm.

Facebook issued an explanation of the outage to The Next Web: "Earlier today we made a change to our DNS infrastructure and that change resulted in some people being temporarily unable to reach the site. We detected and resolved the issue quickly, and we are now back to 100 percent. We apologize for any inconvenience."

Some diehard Facebook users worked their way around the outage by seeking out subdomains that worked.

During the outage, some pondered on Twitter whether Facebook-owned Instagram's recent jilting of Twitter -- and elimination of Instagram photos on Twitter -- might have had anything to do with the Facebook outage.

Others worried that the big thoughts on Google+ would be watered down while Facebook users migrated there: Dan McDermott posted:  "And the average Google+ user IQ drops by 30% for a few hours..."

Others took a more carefee attitude about the Facebook outage:

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