I never imagined just how many web sites that I daily use run on CloudFlare until this morning when I realized my site is down. Fine, it happens. I first thought of it as being an isolated issues, but after just 5 minutes of web browsing, I noticed that some of my favourite blogs AND websites were down as well.
So what does that mean for the web? The last time I checked, CloudFlare was accelerating close to 700.000 web sites. From what we know, most of those are currently getting this very exact message. Not that big of a number if you compare it to the total number of websites, but still insanely high.
However if you take into account, I would guess that most of those websites aren’t just personal hello sites, this means a huge impact on the web. And for the users? Well, I guess the productivity rises a little bit, while we wait for the sites to return, while the global internet traffic drops down probably for as much as a couple percent.
Even if down for only an hour, this will effectively bring 700.000 hours or a whopping 79 years of downtime for the webmasters. Talk about always online…
For a long time I believed the Facebook Login button to be something really great for both the users as well as webmasters.
It seemed perfect, a single account used to represent your identity to countless sites, just like an ID and a very attractive, one click conversion for us webmasters.
It was only until recently that I discovered the really, really bad side of this system. You might think.. His password got stolen. Wrong, I always try to keep my passwords complex and only use them on the computers that I trust.
What did happen though, was that my account was disabled (for the second time), because I posted a very sketchy photo of an anime girl in a pretty skimpy sports outfit to a page that I admin. After the first time my account got disabled for posting a part of a nipple, I really tried to keep it clean, no nudity whatsoever. Believe me, I have seen much, much worse images on Facebook not getting deleted.
That is not the point however. The event made me realize just how vulnerable I am if someone simply decides to delete or ban my Facebook account. Even though only for a little while, I still lost all my calendars, events and access to quite a large amount of websites that I use, not to mention my personal messages and access to a Facebook community with over 18.000 fans and all the apps that I made. It made me realise that tying everything around a social service is a very bad idea, if anything goes wrong or even if I simply want to close down my personal account, it will mean I would have to say goodbye to all the services connected with that account.
That being said, I now only use the Facebook Login button on sites that I know will most likely never use or will not care if my account there disappears.