In the digital age, maintaining a strong online presence is crucial for businesses of all sizes. The outage of Meta platforms – Facebook, Instagram, Messenger, and Threads – on March 5th served as a stark reminder of this fact. The disruptions began around 10 a.m. ET (1500 GMT), leading many users to report being unable to access Facebook and Instagram. They expressed their frustration on rival social media platform X, stating that they had been logged out and were unable to log back in. As millions of users found themselves unable to access these popular social media platforms, businesses relying solely on them for marketing and communication faced significant disruptions. This event highlights the importance of diversifying online presence and leveraging alternative platforms to mitigate such risks.

Understanding the Meta Outage

On March 5th, Meta experienced a widespread outage that affected its major platforms, including Facebook, Instagram, Messenger, and Threads. Users worldwide reported issues with logging in, accessing their accounts, and posting content. The outage lasted for more than two hours, causing frustration and inconvenience for individuals and businesses alike.

Impact on Small and Medium Businesses

For small and medium businesses (SMBs), the outage posed significant challenges. Many rely heavily on Meta platforms for marketing, customer engagement, and e-commerce. Suddenly losing access to these channels meant disrupted communication with customers, halted advertising campaigns, and stalled sales. This underscores the risks of depending solely on one platform for online presence. Amidst the outage, businesses scrambled to find alternative ways to connect with their audience and maintain operations.

The Importance of Diversifying Online Presence

The Meta outage serves as a wake-up call for SMBs to diversify their online presence. Relying solely on one platform, no matter how popular or widely used, leaves businesses vulnerable to unforeseen disruptions. By diversifying across multiple channels, businesses can spread their risk and ensure continuity in times of outage or platform changes.

Alternative Platforms for SMBs

Fortunately, there are numerous alternative platforms SMBs can leverage to maintain their online presence. These include:

  1. Website: A company website serves as a central hub for information, product listings, and contact details. It provides businesses with full control over their online presence and ensures visibility even during platform outages.
  2. Social Media: While Meta platforms are dominant, there are other social media platforms like Twitter, LinkedIn, Pinterest, and TikTok that businesses can utilize for marketing and customer engagement. Diversifying across multiple platforms widens reach and reduces dependency on a single provider.
  3. Email Marketing: Building an email subscriber list enables businesses to directly reach their audience with promotional offers, updates, and news. Email marketing remains a powerful tool for driving sales and fostering customer relationships.
  4. Google My Business: For local businesses, Google My Business is essential for appearing in local search results and maps. Keeping this profile updated ensures visibility to potential customers searching for products or services in the area.


The recent outage of Meta platforms serves as a valuable lesson for SMBs on the importance of diversifying their online presence. By relying solely on one platform, businesses expose themselves to significant risks in the event of an outage or disruption. Instead, diversifying across multiple channels, including websites, social media, email marketing, and local listings, ensures resilience and continuity in the face of unforeseen challenges. Unilakes Technologies urges businesses to prioritize building a robust and diversified online presence to safeguard against future disruptions and maximize their digital marketing efforts.

Maryam Hussain

Social Media Manager

Unilakes Technologies Pty. Ltd.