Facebook Error- Database Write Failed

Update 02/08/2012: The Facebook error explained below seems to be occurring again. Facebook has been rolling out some updates to the photo viewer which may be contributing to the problem.

Original Facebook Error:

Facebook seems to be very buggy this morning. I’ve been receiving multiple errors while liking posts. This is a list of the error messages people have been receiving:

Facebook Database Write Failed

“Database Write Failed- An error occurred while writing to our database. Please try again later”

“Unable to hide minifeed story”

The first error message is appearing when trying to “like” certain status updates.

I’ve also experienced some errors with our company website. The like buttons are not properly displaying the number of likes for the given article – crisis I know! If I run the page’s URL through the Facebook Debugger it shows the proper number of likes for that page.

After doing some research, I’ve also discovered that many people were unable to access Facebook at all last night. Apparently Facebook was down for “server maintenance”.

A friend of mine brought it to my attention that Facebook has been changing around the chat interface for a couple days now. Maybe that has something to do with the database errors as well.

I find it interesting that these errors are occurring only a day after Anonymous announced they will attempt to destroy Facebook on November 5, 2011.

As soon as I find out some information regarding Facebook’s bugginess, I will update this post. If you have more information on the situation please let me know in the comments section!


Unfortunately no fail proof solutions have been found up to this point. I would recommend refreshing the page a few times and if that does not work, log out of your Facebook profile, clear your browser’s cache and log back in to Facebook.

As I discover additional solutions, I will post them here so if you continue to experience problems, check back later and hopefully I will have a more permanent fix for ya!

Anson Alexander

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24 Responses to "Facebook Error- Database Write Failed"

  1. Drill Sergeant Alarik says:

    I'm getting the same problem on my facebook page and my fanpage. A couple weeks ago I was locked out of my facebook account for almost two days. This is annoying. I'm a paying customer via their ads campaigns.

  2. Tatiana Gregorio Fagundes de Souza says:

    I am having the same problem. Started today.
    First I was not able to log in and play Farmville. It requested to log in thousand times…
    Now that errer when I push LIKE button. Database Write Failed
    An error occurred while writing to our database. Please try again later. Disgusting…

  3. Glayra says:

    I have been encountering the same problems…
    Glad I am on Google+!

  4. Andre Morris says:

    Still having this error as of 02-24-2012 trying to invite friends to a poll I've created.

  5. Shawn Honnick says:

    I'm getting this when I try to Like one specific comment only for the last hour or so.

  6. Tammy says:

    Same thing is happening to me right now,I can't like or share anything.How do I fix it ???

  7. Katherine Wichmann Zacharias says:

    Happening to me all day, so frustrating!

  8. Charles Ewing says:

    Same thing is happening to me 3-27-12

    I can't update my status, do a mobile upload, comment in groups, or like statuses. I have to try like 20 times before it works.

  9. Draith says:

    Yeah, I'm getting the same errors all day today. Restarted firefox, logged out and back in, cleared cache… nothing works.

    I can't update my status, post anything, comment, like, or mobile upload at all.
    It's like I'm locked out.

  10. NikkiBraska says:

    Unable to like or do anything…. keep getting error messages and also unable to report…. :( I though someone pay have reported me.

  11. dibas giri says:

    same problem

    database write failed.
    an error occured while writing to our database. please try again later.
    so please help me

  12. Bowen says:

    I am having the same problem from this morning. I cannot post anything or even like others status.

  13. sanjit says:

    i am having the same problem in facebook since 2 months. i cannot like anyone posts…

  14. naina khuraniya says:

    when i try to like anything it says "Database Write Failed
    An error occurred while writing to our database. Please try again later." and when i try to update a status it says 'Update Failed
    Sorry, unable to update your status. Try again in a few minutes.'' …… please help

  15. Kathleen says:

    I have the very same problem. Help!

  16. Chris says:

    Im on day number 2 now with this.. please help!

  17. هديل says:

    لوسمحتم ساااااااااااااااااااااااااعدوني قاعدة الينات لاتعمل كيف الحل بليييييز

  18. Dariyan Oremari says:

    Hi I have got the same problem it says that database write failed why this happens to our accounts and does it mean that we are now blocked out or some one reported on us.

  19. hadeel says:

    ooooh no ….you mean i am blocked now ….what is the solution please ???? i don`t want to open new account …

  20. Charles Ewing says:

    I had this problem on March 27…I even wrote in this forum, if you scroll up, you will see.

    I sent a message to Facebook about it and I didn't get a reply but 2 days later, it was fixed.

    I may be getting my problems mixed up but I remember having some other problems and I came to find out that my date was set wrong on my computer and it wouldn't allow me to post anything.

    Hope it helps.

  21. dani says:

    got same problem today 10/6/2012 cant past anything cant update my status,comment on anything.cant be my pc cos its working with my business facebook account and works fine. its annoying.was working fine yesterday…

  22. Sidd says:

    Same problem here. Very annoying specially since im a paying client to their ad campaigns.

  23. Monica Ramos says:

    I am having the same issue. I can't report it to Facebook directly because that feature also isn't working. Tried it on 2 different pcs, a mac, and my iphone and 3 different browsers! I've logged out and back in dozens of times. It seem to be account related, because my husband can log into his account just fine. I have an old account I tried and that one was fine too. Since I can't report this to Facebook, am I SOL? I've read on other forums that this problem can last for months. I run my business on Facebook, I can't afford even one hour, let alone months! Hopefully someone has a solution.

  24. Sharon says:

    I'm having this problem today and it happened again a few days ago. Trying to "like" statuses or comments and an error message appears saying "An error occurred, please try again in a few minutes" – a few minutes has turned into hours after refreshing, logging out, logging in, and even re-starting computer. Nothing seems to help.

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