Facebook is certainly a phenomenon which has travelled to huge swathes of the globe and, in turn, gained huge adoption. From celebrities being able to instantly update followers regarding their latest escapades to Mr and Mrs Blogs posting various life events, including cat pictures, the tech giant has certainly been a force. But! Did you know Facebook has been around for 46 years? Well, a new bug has been unearthed congratulating many users on reaching the milestone of “46 years of friendship on Facebook”.
As you would expect, this is slightly odd considering the social network has not even been around for 15 years, below is an image to illustrate the notification which many confused users have received. So, what is going on? Facebook has not disclosed the exact cause of the bug but has released the following statement.
“We’ve identified this bug and the team’s fixing it now so everyone can ring in 2016 feeling young again.”
There is speculation that the bug originates from Unix, let me explain, the aforementioned Unix “underlines many of the world’s servers and it keeps time by counting up from zero at one-second intervals from the date with which the clock began, this is also known as the epoch. Therefore, this conveniently happens to be January 1st, 1970 at midnight Greenwich Mean Time, or 46 years ago today going by Eastern Standard Time. Every second from that point on is known as epoch time and thus is why some gadgets may in theory switch to December 31st, 1969.
Has Facebook suffered from its very own Y2K or millennium bug? If it has then it’s been very small considering it has been subsequently rectified at speed. On a side note, even users who are significantly under 46 years of age have also seen this message, perhaps someone at Facebook has been on the New Year drink too soon.
The Tomorrowland Music Festival is a place where everybody wanting to party and have a good time comes, dances together, has fun and even makes some memories with some new best friends. Most of the friendships however disappear as easily as they are formed, but not at Belgium’s Tomorrowland Music Festival it seems.
The social media giant, Facebook, has apparently made its presence known this time around, having prepared a unique bracelet as an entry ticket as well as a way to keep track of your new friends at the event. The bracelet in question can be activated on the Tomorrowland website by filling in your details along with the unique serial number on the back of the bracelet. Once done, you can also link the bracelet to your Facebook account in order to get access to its second useful feature.
As soon as the bracelet is activated and linked to your Facebook account, it is said that you can start using it to get connected with new friends once arrived at the festival. In order to do that, two or multiple bracelets have to be close to one another and have the connect button pressed simultaneously on all of them. This will trigger a ‘daily special friendship email’, having to contain all the contact details of your newly made friends.
It is said that the bracelet would have been mailed in a special ‘Treasure Chest’ after receiving a Mail letter with additional information and the key to opening the chest. After receiving the latter and activating the bracelet, you can start the 10 day countdown before the festival starts and the fun begins.