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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:

“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

I am an author, digital educator and content marketer. I record, edit, and publish content for AnsonAlex.com, provide technical and business services to clients and am an avid self-learner. I have also authored several digital marketing and business courses for LinkedIn Learning (previously Lynda.com).

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