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Facebook platform users hit Twitter with #facebookdown Wednesday, after losing access to Facebook, Instagram and Messenger across the world. Wochit, USA TODAY

For me, It started with a birthday wish that was never sent. Elsewhere, a phone actually rang, answered by a son whose mom thought he had blocked her. And all across America, selfies piled up in smartphones with nowhere to post.

The message received: “The message could not be posted to this Timeline.”

On Thursday morning, at least 22 hours after the start of one of the longest outages in Facebook’s history, it was a notable disruption for many of us who have woven the ritual of flicking through Facebook and Instagram into the

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