ÜberTwitter Still Busted – That’s ÜberLame

By: Jeremy Muncy - August 9, 2009

Most Twitter users are back online after the DoS attack that brought the microblogging site to its knees. Notice how I used the word "most"? Blackberry users who use the popular ÜberTwitter app are still having some major issues.

Ubertwitter on BlackberryDo you use Übertwitter? Let us know.

ÜberTwitter acknowledged they’re still having Twitter service issues on their site:

"The Twitter service and in particular Twitter’s interface which third party clients like ÜberTwitter use to talk to Twitter is still experiencing slowness and occasional timeouts. Until Twitter can resolve the issue you will continue to experience problems retrieving timelines and posting tweets using ÜberTwitter and any other clients."

You may notice that ÜberTwitter is saying that ALL third party clients are experiencing the same issues as them. So we decided to do a little testing with other 3rd party clients. Below you’ll see tweets from Mike McDonald, sent from his myTouch 3G with twidroid, and Susan Coppersmith, sent from her iPhone with TweetDeck. Neither of them experienced problems reading or sending tweets. We’re not saying ÜberTwitter is incorrect, but it does seem more like an isolated issue.

Mike McDonald Twitroid test tweet

Susan Coppersmith Twitroid test tweet

In fact so many Twitterers are having issues with the Blackberry app that ÜberTwitter is a trending topic. A search on Twitter will show you that most people are incredibly unhappy with Übertwitter, some are even turning to other apps to get them through this downtime.

Ubertwitter trending topic

Ubertwitter search

Soon to be ESPN NFL analyst, Adam Schefter, seems to be taking the ÜberTwitter service issues really hard. He even equates the apps downtime to a "smoker tyring to quit".

Adam Schefter Tweet

Adam Schefter Tweet

It should be noted that Schefter is currently in Canton, Ohio for the NFL Hall-of-Fame game, which will be held this coming Sunday. So he’ll be relying on ÜberTwitter to relay news to his loyal followers.

Is the Übertwitter downtime causing you any grief? Let us know.

Jeremy Muncy

About the Author

Jeremy MuncyJeremy Muncy has been a part of the WebProNews team and the iEntry Network since 2003. Google+: +Jeremy Muncy StumbleUpon: Jeremy-Muncy

View all posts by Jeremy Muncy
  • Melissa Spero

    It’s not just UberTwitter, actually. My TinyTwitter isn’t working, and I can’t get on Twitter from my phone’s web service. Apparently there’s something off with Blackberry and Twitter since the attack, as reported by New Mexico Business Weekly. I have been trying all day to get on, and I have no idea if my SMS texts are getting through. It seems that, because UberTwitter is the most popular Twitter app for Blackberry that they’re taking all the heat for being down.

  • TJ

    I re-downloaded Ubertwitter on my Blackberry thinking that might work… now it won’t even let me log in. Gives an error message of “Unknown response from Twitter Service, likely they are overcapacity, try again!” SO FRUSTRATING! I have since uploaded a different Twitter app that doesn’t work as well. :(

  • Guest

    Tinytwitter isn’t working for me either… Twibble is so far…

  • Rebecca

    i am one of two that i know of who can’t get twidroid to work after yesterday morning and a brief little bit of last night. my password on twitter stopped working yesterday. now can logon to web but uninstall/reinstall twidroid and still says login incorrect.

  • Tayara

    Twitterberry is still experiencing problems also… it’s driving me nuts… I’m ready to check into TweetHab. *sigh*

  • Guest

    just actually signed up for uber and tiny … thought something was wrong with my network! neither are working!

  • http://www.kerala-honeymoon-packages.com/ Sameeha

    Problem already existing, and if v also try to login, it’ll b worsen.

  • http://www.napaokay.com Steve

    I’m having problems with the TwitterBar, and even posting directly to twitter on their website. If it’s just Uber, then how come so many people are having problems?

    I think it comes down to twitter just not having enough of something. Processing power, bandwidth…..???? Something.

  • http://www.all4data.com A4D

    Twitterfeed is also still struggling, no joy there but they mention pingfm is having more success

    twitter put a throttle on the various structures posting up

    someone mentioned to me that the main problem lay in the use of shortening the url’s with the short url service, be it ly or whatever


  • http://jobbala.com Matt Howland

    The funny thing for me is that I can only post from ubertwitter. I have not been able to post from the web since the ddos. Access to the web has also been limited.


  • http://www.zygella.com Zygella

    I hope it will get sorted out soon.

  • http://www.forwardmotionstudios.com Forward Motion Studios

    We are ready to launch our Twitter and Beyond backgrounds site (free and custom) and the Twitter API is still having issues so we have postponed our launch. Twitter is still having their issues.

  • http://www.michaelghurston.com Michael G. Hurston

    I just started using the BB’s browser and going to twitter.com to post updates of my daily adventures. No need for any app on the phone. I have an 8330 Curve.

  • Dustin

    I have a G1 and love twidroid, the app service came back relatively quick compared to others. However, Twitfon for the Apple seemed to be the one that came back 1st.