Users around the country are complaining that Facebook is giving them the spinning blue ball (some call it checkered, or a beach ball) in place of their regular mouse cursor arrow. Of course, the spinning blue ball indicates that something is still processing in the background – all indications are that this is on Facebook’s side, and it’s been going on for days. WTF, Facebook?
You may have noticed that you can hear your computer being backed up via Time Machine, but then you look at the Time Machine icon in the status bar, and it’s not spinning, leading you to wonder “huh?” Here is why your Time Machine icon is no longer rotating in your status bar.
If you go just about anywhere online today, September 10th, 2014, you will find yourself encountering all sorts of banners and graphics of spinning disks (or spinning discs, take your pick), that exhort you to affix your name to a petition to support net neutrality.
If you find that Finder on your Mac or Macbook has started hanging or freezing (giving you the spinning disc or beach ball of death), try these steps. These have worked for us, and others.