UPDATE: Twitter is back up. Here’s a statement by Twitter.
“We are sorry. Many of you came to Twitter earlier today expecting, well, Twitter. Instead, between around 8:20am and 9:00am PT, users around the world got zilch from us. By about 10:25am PT, people who came to Twitter finally got what they expected: Twitter.
The cause of today’s outage came from within our data centers. Data centers are designed to be redundant: when one system fails (as everything does at one time or another), a parallel system takes over. What was noteworthy about today’s outage was the coincidental failure of two parallel systems at nearly the same time.
I wish I could say that today’s outage could be explained by the Olympics or even acascading bug. Instead, it was due to this infrastructural double-whammy. We are investing aggressively in our systems to avoid this situation in the future.
On behalf of our infrastructure team, we apologize deeply for the interruption you had today. Now — back to making the service even better and more stable than ever.
– Mazen Rawashdeh, VP, Engineering (@mazenra)”
Only a matter of days ago we reported that Apple’s iMessaging system was having difficulties. Today, social networking giant Twitter appears to be having troubles of it’s own. I haven’t found any news of this on other websites, and Twitter’s status blog hasn’t reported anything yet. However for me, Tweetbot isn’t working and the official website isn’t loading. Most uptime tracking websites are also reporting that Twitter is down.
Twitter must be having quite a bit of trouble. They have managed to update the homepage to show a link to the Twitter status page which acknowledges the issue. However the place holder looks somewhat naked. Twitter must be having quite a bit of trouble. They have managed to update the homepage to show a link to the Twitter status page which acknowledges the issue. However the place holder looks somewhat naked.