Break out the soft pretzels and citywide specials, Philly, because everybody in Pennsylvania is in town today. Party time!
An apparent — and fantastic — glitch in Facebook’s geolocation technology found people across the state waking up Wednesday morning to find themselves tagged by Facebook as being in Philadelphia.
People in Pittsburgh were especially excited.
Yinzer Facebook is losing their minds over their locations being erroneously marked as Philadelphia today
— Amy (@omgjanne) October 18, 2017
— bobby cherry (@GoBobbo) October 18, 2017
“Earlier today, a bug caused some people in Pittsburgh to get prompts related to Philadelphia. We’ve fixed the issue,” Facebook spokeswoman Emilie Fetterley wrote in an emailed statement.
Fetterley gave the same statement to the Pittsburgh Tribune hours earlier Wednesday, but users complained the problem persisted even after the social networking site told the Pittsburgh paper it fixed the issue.
— Bobby Cherry / Trib (@bc_Trib) October 18, 2017
The bug also affected Facebook users beyond Pittsburgh, in central Pennsylvania..
I woke up and my Facebook told me welcome to Philadelphia. Like I don’t think Philadelphia has Amish and horses roaming around
— Mike Spencer (@mspencer020) October 18, 2017
As one Twitter user suggested, we’d be OK with changing the name of the United States of America to Philadelphia. After all, we are where the United States was birthed.
@facebook must have renamed America to Philadelphia because that's where we're all at.
— J.Russ (@JdotRUSS) October 18, 2017
We see a couple likely suspects who could be behind this
prank snafu. Chief among them: the Phanatic and the gang from It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia. But to whomever is behind the mix-up, we in Philadelphia say, “Well done.”
— MV (@InsureRetire) October 18, 2017