Facebook (Briefly) Takes Down the Web

The log-in system failed and directed users away from major sites


Facebook (NASDAQ:FB) Connect allows users to log in with their Facebook credentials on third-party systems, and it’s become massive.

However, yesterday the system went haywire — at least for a few minutes. Facebook Connect suddenly redirected users from sites like Yelp (NYSE:YELP), MSNBC and the Huffington Post to Facebook.com. A message popped up that said: “An error occurred. Please try again later.”