The famous social networking site Facebook is now telling its users that they have been friends for 46 years. Don’t worry, you’re not living out a 13 Going on 30 scenario, you are just celebrating your 46 years of friendship with Facebook because of a glitch.
At first, it was thought that the issue was experienced by really old accounts. Due to the glitch the largest social network has sent out messages congratulating users for 46 years of friendship with people in their list.
Now the problem that rose after it is that if you have been friends with someone for almost half a century, Facebook itself is only 11 years old. A company spokesperson told Bloomberg in a statement that the team is currently trying to fix the bug, but didn’t release any detail on what the bug is about.
According to some computer experts, such as Microsoft Developer Mark Davis, the thing to be blamed behind its is the Unix operating system used by most of the data centers across the world.
As per experts, the Unix’s internal calendar has an arbitrarily assigned starting point called ‘epoch’ with an internal value of ‘0’.
If a Facebook users clicks on the memories page, you’ll see a subset of your friends listed as having a 46-year-old Facebook memory today. This Unix glitch is quite common and it not unusual for gadgets' clocks and calendars to switch to December 31st, 1969.
According to a report from the Independent, Facebook has been telling people that they have been friends for 46 years — and apparently for no reason. Users on the site have been seeing messages telling people that they’ve been friends with people on the service for 46 years. The mix-up appears to applying indiscriminately.
But the strange behaviour is the result of a computer glitch that happens occasionally for little reason, and could well happen again.
Don't worry, you're not living out a 13 Going on 30 scenario -- you're only "celebrating" 46 years of Facebook friendship with someone right now because of a glitch. A Unix-based glitch, that is. (That said, sorry to burst your bubble if you woke up thinking you've suddenly become younger.) Let's back up a bit and talk about what happened first, because it seems like only really old accounts are experiencing the issue. The largest social network on the planet has sent out messages congratulating users for 46 years of friendship with people in their list. Problem is, even if you have been friends with someone for almost half a century, Facebook itself is only 11 years old, told the Engadget.
The Gizmodo notes that, notice anything weird about your News Feed today? Scores of users are confused by typically smarmy “Friends on Facebook” messages that are celebrating 46 years of friendship. It appears to be a Unix glitch of colossal proportions.
Don’t freak out. The world is not going to end because Facebook’s servers are confused about the New Year. In fact, as one developer points out, it’s most likely an issue with Unix time, also known as Epoch time. This system counts the number of seconds that have elapsed since January 1, 1970, so there’s a good chance that an error might’ve restarted the clock on this particular Facebook feature.