People across the world were unable to access Twitter for over 2 hours earlier today

By midian182
Jan 19, 2016
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  1. Twitter has been experiencing some problems over the last few days. Many users found they couldn’t access the site for around ten minutes yesterday and on Friday, but things have got even worse for the microblogging service - it has been inaccessible via the web and mobile for almost two hours.

    The issue is thought to be affecting users many - but not all - regions worldwide, although areas outside the US seem to be having the most issues. Reports started coming in from Western Europe that the site was down at around midnight PT. People trying to access Twitter on the web, mobile, and its API were met with error messages warning them that the network is both “over capacity” and suffering an “internal error.”

    Twitter’s own service board has since confirmed the problem. “Some users are currently experiencing problems accessing Twitter. We are aware of the issue and are working towards a resolution,” the company posted in an update.

    The company’s developer-facing monitoring confirms that four of the five public APIs are experiencing either ‘performance issues’ or ‘service disruption.’

    Twitter initially confirmed the outage with a tweet from its @support account. Although most people probably never saw this, as they couldn’t access the site.

    The number of outages over the last few days has brought back memories of Twitter’s early days when such issues were common. The constant “over capacity” warning became known as the fail whale, referring to the illustration of a white beluga whale held up by a flock of birds that accompanied the message.

    It seems that now, just over two hours after the frist reports started coming in, Twitter is back up (although there still seems to be some issues with images and searches). The company hasn’t said whether the problem was due to a technical fault or caused by outside factors, but some have speculated that the length of time the site was down, coupled with the number of outages it has experience over the last few days, could suggest a cyberattack of some form.

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  2. stewi0001

    stewi0001 TS Evangelist Posts: 1,144   +486

    Well that would explain why it is acting stupid today.
  3. H3llion

    H3llion TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,249   +220

  4. davislane1

    davislane1 TS Evangelist Posts: 3,384   +2,171

    They took away Milo's verified status and now the universe is against them.

    Never piss off the universe.
  5. Skidmarksdeluxe

    Skidmarksdeluxe TS Evangelist Posts: 6,349   +1,945

    Plenty of sites go down daily and nobody notices. What makes Twitter such a big deal?
    Those people who are too impatient to wait for the service to be restored must remember their mothers waited 9 months for them while they weren't hurrying themselves.
  6. wiyosaya

    wiyosaya TS Maniac Posts: 939   +244

    OMG! It is the apocalypse! Repent!
  7. Nobina

    Nobina TS Evangelist Posts: 808   +273

    What a tragedy!
  8. Uncle Al

    Uncle Al TS Evangelist Posts: 1,527   +688

    The sky is falling! The sky is falling! .... Geezzeeeeeeeee
  9. p51d007

    p51d007 TS Evangelist Posts: 862   +353

    Oh no! What will politicians, the kardashians, hollyweird or people with absolutely no life going to do?
  10. captaincranky

    captaincranky TechSpot Addict Posts: 11,467   +1,760

    Holy crap! I hope nobody jumped out of a 40th floor window because of it........or do I?;)
  11. Mr Majestyk

    Mr Majestyk TS Enthusiast Posts: 34   +10

    Those lucky lucky bastards.
  12. 3volv3d

    3volv3d TS Booster Posts: 121   +49

    I am furious, 2 hours down. I was waiting for the revolution tweet. The signal that it had started. To bring down the government, and change. Close the borders. Stop spending on taxes on weapons that only get sold later to weaponize terrorists. To stop preserving old historical buildings, and build a proper future, not live in the past. To build houses for families, with gardens and space, rather than living on top of each other like stressful cockroaches. To bring down the numbers living on this planet that are only encouraged because the rich need slaves in their factories, and people in McDonalds to feed their fat ungrateful spawn. To get rid of McDonalds because its freaking nasty, and worse than Smoking, to make weed legal, so people chill out and quit their beechin. To cull the human race starting with the lawyers who only stifle progression by keeping the rich rich and the poor poor, and then see how the rich like to pay taxes without their loopholes, and finally help fund a better functional country.

    Whats that ? Twitter won't change the world ? Then who gives a F....
  13. H3llion

    H3llion TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,249   +220

    If only it was so irrelevant. Twitter, Facebook and so forth drive business. It's actually a big deal when they go down.

    Damn Human species tho, can't wait 9 months while the Universe took 14 billion years to cook up. Well, here we are...
    Last edited: Jan 20, 2016
    Skidmarksdeluxe likes this.
  14. H3llion

    H3llion TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,249   +220

    same people would think exactly the same of people who post on forums ...
  15. Skidmarksdeluxe

    Skidmarksdeluxe TS Evangelist Posts: 6,349   +1,945

    And the earth will only exist for about the next 3 billion years. I don't think anybody will notice if they're up or down then.

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