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.”
It’s not clear what caused the problem, but the fiasco does raise some questions about whether Connect a good — or stable — feature.
In the end, though, most websites rely on other technology platforms because of the low costs and access to useful features. It’s a smart strategy … but it is far from fool-proof. The good news is that Facebook usually corrects its problems extremely fast.
Tom Taulli runs the InvestorPlace blog IPO Playbook, a site dedicated to the hottest news and rumors about initial public offerings. He is also the author of “How to Create the Next Facebook” and “High-Profit IPO Strategies: Finding Breakout IPOs for Investors and Traders.” Follow him on Twitter at @ttaulli. As of this writing, he did not hold a position in any of the aforementioned securities.