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Twitter Goes Down, No Cute Whale to Soften the Blow

That Doesn't Stop People from Tweeting

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Update: Twitter is back up and running. The Twitter Status blog informs us that Twitter has fallen victim to an ongoing Denial-of-Service attack:

Twitter DoS

Facebook is also experiencing some glitches. As someone pointed out in the comments of this article:

Twitter is not the only social networking site having problems right now. It took several attempts for me to get into my Facebook account and then I could not share a link or click on links shared by others.

I have also had trouble getting to links provided by friends.

Original Article: While researching a story, I couldn’t help but notice that Twitter was not working. It was timing out. The idea of Twitter not working is certainly not a new concept. In fact, it has kind of become accepted in some strange way and to some extent even celebrated.

 

You’ve probably seen a fail whale t-shirt somewhere, a reference, of course to the whale that Twitter ordinarly displays when it is experiencing hiccups. No whale in sight this time though. Just a cold error message:

Twitter Time Out

Suddenly Twitter not working doesn’t seem so warm and fuzzy. Twitter Search works though. In fact, the only aspect of Twitter that doesn’t work appears to be the site itself. People are still able to tweet from other devices and applications. Searching for Twitter on Twitter shows that people couldn’t wait to Tweet about Twitter search not working (this is starting to sound like a tongue-twister).

Twitter Search

Twitter has acknowledged the problem on the Twitter Status blog, but doesn’t share any clues as to what has caused the issue.

Twitter Down

From this experience, I take away two points. The first one is that people freak out when they can’t tweet. The second one is that Twitter’s compatibility with outside apps and devices is a great thing for the company, especially considering that it "fails" so often.

I’m not sure how long exactly Twitter has been down, but it’s been at least a half hour at the time of this writing.

Twitter Goes Down, No Cute Whale to Soften the Blow


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  • http://www.friendswhocare.us/blog1/ Susan

    Twitter is not the only social networking site having problems right now. It took several attempts for me to get into my Facebook account and then I could not share a link or click on links shared by others.

    So right now there’s no Twitter and if you manage to get into Facebook your browser may freeze like mine just did.

  • http://www.facebook.com/itamark Guest

    Twitter down is fine – as long as there’s a whale.

    Twitter down without a whale makes me want to go to godaddy and search “twitter.com”

  • http://www.kettlewell.net Matthew Kettlewell

    I had a link to a Verio / Amazon Web Services as the point of failure… I couldn’t click on the link because it was through FaceBook… The status mentioned that FaceBook might be effected by this outage as well….

    Seems that there is a single point of failure somewhere… though the API seems to be unaffected (which is good )

  • Guest

    I still can’t get into my facebook or twitter.

  • Gregz

    Brightkite soooo much better anyway!! FTW

  • http://communitymarketing.typepad.com Andrew Ballenthin

    I had an email I was sending out to a number of key people including my twitter address. When I went to double check the link to ensure it was correct I found Twitter was down. I thought it might be my station so I tried on several other stations. I Googled Twitter.com in case I was having a browser issue or virus attack preventing me from direct access only to find it wouldn’t connect through Google either.

    It’s good to know everything is back up but imagine if there had been a virus in the form of a trojan or worm or spyware that was going around instead?

  • http://www.yain.com Edward Han

    Well, this will be expected once a while. Internet is something that can never be assured 100%.

    It’s normal. But at times it can be frustrating.

  • Cormac

    Is this how far the Internet has only managed to progress since its inception? The headline news is that a site which allows people to type 140 character messages is down.

    Surely with all these geniuses working on the web we could come up with something a little more useful.

  • http://www.gossip-juice.com Gossip Juice

    That’s good to hear!

  • http://s772.photobucket.com/albums/yy3/WestCoastVinyl/?action=view&current=wcvinstall.flv West Coast Vinyl

    Twitter being in the spotlight will be a target for the dos attack. That’s expected.

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