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Facebook was forced to take itself offline after a staff member accidentally leaked internal product prototypes.
The social network was unreachable for about 20-30 minutes while the mess was cleared up.
The outage happened as the site introduced redesigned brand pages, a revamped photos section and a new page management feature.
In a statement on its blog, Facebook apologised for the brief downtime.
"For a brief period of time, some internal prototypes were made public to a number of people externally." read the message. "As a result, we took the site down for a few minutes. It's back up, and we apologise for the inconvenience."
[edited by: coopster at 2:36 pm (utc) on Dec 17, 2010]
Several users reported having access to a new "Memories" option listed below Photos in the left-hand menu on their Profile Pages.
Facebook Memories introduces a timeline to users’ profiles, showing how many statuses were written each year and how many friends were added, along with a sprinkling of photos to illustrate those changes.
We also found some evidence that Facebook may still be testing a filter for the News Feed called "Outside World."
I wonder how many millions of dollars of productivity were saved by that 20-30 minutes of down time.