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Facebook Down: Outage Could Be Precursor To Redesign

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Facebook is down and has been experiencing outages since about midnight Eastern Time tonight, Oct. 5, 2010.

Many Twitter users are reporting the outage, with hundreds of tweets appearing about it in minutes. DownRightNow.com confirms the downtime, with the first widespread problems starting about 11:52 p.m. EST.

TechCrunch reported that a site redesign could be unveiled tomorrow. If true, it would come less than a month after Twitter announced its major site redesign (features for that here).

According to TechCrunch, the Facebook redesign might include movement of chat, apps and profile navigation. Facebook has not commented on the report.

UPDATE, 1:15 a.m. EST: Facebook appears to be back up for some people, but others are still using Twitter to complain about service outages.

UPDATE, 1:30 a.m. EST: Things are still a little shaky, as downforeveryoneorjustme.com says "It's not just you! http://facebook.com looks down from here." Meanwhile, downrightnow.com indicates a likely service disruption. But some HuffPost night owls have been able to sign in during the past 15 minutes, and a number of people have been on Facebook sharing and liking this very page. Either way, you're not alone. If you feel like you're stuck in the pre-2004 era, remember to put on some Norah Jones, Fountains of Wayne, Nappy Roots, or Moby (YouTube and iTunes seem to be fine).

UPDATE, 6:50 a.m. EST: No change in the status at downforeveryoneorjustme.com, but downrightnow.com has upgraded things to "Possible Service Trouble." HuffPost staff has had no problem using the site for the past few hours, and comments are coming in indicating no issues for users around the globe.

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