Facebook and IPv6 Day

Mike Oliver mwoliver at gmail.com
Wed Jun 8 17:12:19 CEST 2011

On Wed, Jun 8, 2011 at 10:07, Bill Owens <owens at nysernet.org> wrote:
> I walked over to our IPv6-only workstation this morning and pulled up www.facebook.com, hoping that it would finally be able to see the Facebook website that we all know and love. Sadly, it gets the same fragment of HTML that was previously being served at www.v6.facebook.com, and is therefore still not usable.
> I understand from the various PR sources that Facebook was one of the original group for IPv6 Day, and certainly they're listed in the top of the participating websites. This isn't really an IPv6 website, though; it's an IPv6 entry page, and an IPv4 website without even any translation. For lack of a better term, I'd call it sixwashing ;) Anybody know whether they're planning a more serious effort at some point in the future?

Last night, from about 00:00 UTC until 06:00 UTC, I was watching a lot
of this and engaging in lots of conversation on IRC about how:

1. facebook, cnn, yahoo, etc. were serving AAAA for www.$DOMAIN but
not for $DOMAIN
2. same players were only turning on AAAA for www.$DOMAIN but not any
of their CDNs (akamai or other)

It was painful to see the fragmentation when I disabled v4 NAT on my
router.  I know this isn't IPv6-only day, but leaving the CDNs without
AAAA was a pretty weak call.  More frustrating when you see things
like ipv6.nasa.gov as a CNAME to blahblah.akamai.net which has
published AAAA and yet other akamai CDN assets are A-only.  Grrr.


Mike Oliver, KT2T
kt2t at arrl.net -or- mwoliver at gmail.com
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