What better way to say goodbye to 2015 than by taking a moment to appreciate those good Facebook friends you’ve had for 46 years? You know, the ones you met through the social media website 35 years before the Internet as we know it – let alone Facebook – actually existed?

If you got a message congratulating you on a friendship that spans four-and-a-half decades, you were the victim of a pretty funny glitch. Facebook spokesperson Chelsea Kohler released a pretty clever statement regarding the bug:

Weve identified this bug and the teams fixing it now so everyone can ring in 2016 feeling young again.

From what people have gathered, it sounds like the problem affects users whose friendships are older than the actual “friends with since” feature. Since the feature was implemented after those friendships existed, it couldn’t log the date that the users became friends, so instead it store a “0” in the database for that connection.

Enter Unix Time (also known as Epoch time), a system used in coding that counts every second that has passed since January 1st, 1970 – which is almost exactly 46 years ago.

I didn’t get the error myself, but when I saw somebody mention it in my Twitter feed, I just assumed it was a prank on their part. This is very much a glitch for the nerds and geeks, because while everyone else is seriously confused, they can share a laugh among themselves knowing the probable cause behind it. I can’t imagine anyone is actually upset over this, and if they are hopefully Kohler’s funny response smoothed it all over.


I want to wish a very Happy New Year to all the MEGATech News readers. May the new year bring you good health, prosperity, and a wealth of new, 46-year friendships.

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