Don’t Panic Twitter is Down!
After receiving at least 20 phone calls from clients, and trying to send a few tweets myself, I am able to confirm Twitter was indeed down. Much to everyone’s relief, Twitter is up and running again! The very popular social networking site Twitter suffered an outage midday Thursday. The main site, twitter.com, was completely down for more than 45 minutes. Tweetdeck and other similar Twitter related platforms were down as well.
I did miss seeing the famous fail whale that graced the site often in it’s growing stages when it would hit capacity. During today’s outage, the company said in a post to it’s status blog, at status.twitter.com, “Users may be experiencing issues accessing Twitter” at status.twitter.com. “Our engineers are currently working to resolve the issue.”
No further reason has been given at this time for the disruption. We’ll keep you posted.
UPDATE on Twitter Outage:
CNN has just reported that the June 21st Twitter outage was the longest disruption in service since an hour-long episode on October 7, which came during a month filled with hundreds of very brief outages, according to Pingdom’s data. Downtime is a common problem for websites, though Twitter has been far better lately than it was a few years ago, when the site became notorious for its extensive outages.
“Engineers are currently working to resolve the issue,” a Twitter spokeswoman told CNNMoney on Thursday. She declined to comment on a reason for the outage.
Read More from CNN regarding the Twitter Outage.
Twitter allows users to post text updates via SMS, instant messaging, email, Twitter’s website and third party applications. Users have their own profile page that displays their latest updates. In addition, users can become “friends” with one another, or simply be a “follower.” Other than reading another person’s profile page, a user can also receive others’ updates through text messages, RSS or third party applications. Twitter itself is a free service.