Pesky networking bug stings Twitter

The problem has affected the service's availability for several hours

A networking equipment malfunction has disrupted Twitter, causing the microblogging site to become unavailable to users for hours on Wednesday and forcing company engineers to shut down key features to perform the repairs.

The technical problems have also affected third-party applications that use Twitter APIs (application programming interfaces).

Twitter started displaying its notorious "fail whale" error page to its site visitors late Wednesday morning U.S. Eastern Time, saying its system was overtaxed.

The company acknowledged the problem around noon in its Twitter Status blog, and over the next 90 minutes or so it posted several updates, alerting users about the performance problems and about features, such as its search engine, that it was disabling to fix the issues.

Twitter declared the problem fixed at 1:30 p.m., but four hours later the availability problems re-emerged, a development the company blamed on the same networking glitch they had addressed earlier in the day.

It's the second day in a row in which Twitter's service has run into performance problems. On Tuesday, Twitter.com and third-party applications were unavailable for about one hour.

Outages at Twitter get intense, widespread and instant attention thanks to the service's massive usage. In May, users posted 2 billion "tweets," according to Web uptime monitoring company Pingdom. That is double the number of tweets posted in December of last year.

Twitter has become the preferred service for posting brief text status updates on the Web among individuals interested in "tweeting" about personal matters and among organizations and celebrities promoting their brands, products and projects.

Join the Good Gear Guide newsletter!

Error: Please check your email address.
Rocket to Success - Your 10 Tips for Smarter ERP System Selection

Tags social networkingtwittermicroblogging

Keep up with the latest tech news, reviews and previews by subscribing to the Good Gear Guide newsletter.

Juan Carlos Perez

IDG News Service
Show Comments

Most Popular Reviews

Latest Articles

Resources

PCW Evaluation Team

Matthew Stivala

HP OfficeJet 250 Mobile Printer

The HP OfficeJet 250 Mobile Printer is a great device that fits perfectly into my fast paced and mobile lifestyle. My first impression of the printer itself was how incredibly compact and sleek the device was.

Armand Abogado

HP OfficeJet 250 Mobile Printer

Wireless printing from my iPhone was also a handy feature, the whole experience was quick and seamless with no setup requirements - accessed through the default iOS printing menu options.

Azadeh Williams

HP OfficeJet Pro 8730

A smarter way to print for busy small business owners, combining speedy printing with scanning and copying, making it easier to produce high quality documents and images at a touch of a button.

Andrew Grant

HP OfficeJet Pro 8730

I've had a multifunction printer in the office going on 10 years now. It was a neat bit of kit back in the day -- print, copy, scan, fax -- when printing over WiFi felt a bit like magic. It’s seen better days though and an upgrade’s well overdue. This HP OfficeJet Pro 8730 looks like it ticks all the same boxes: print, copy, scan, and fax. (Really? Does anyone fax anything any more? I guess it's good to know the facility’s there, just in case.) Printing over WiFi is more-or- less standard these days.

Ed Dawson

HP OfficeJet Pro 8730

As a freelance writer who is always on the go, I like my technology to be both efficient and effective so I can do my job well. The HP OfficeJet Pro 8730 Inkjet Printer ticks all the boxes in terms of form factor, performance and user interface.

Michael Hargreaves

Windows 10 for Business / Dell XPS 13

I’d happily recommend this touchscreen laptop and Windows 10 as a great way to get serious work done at a desk or on the road.

Featured Content

Latest Jobs

Don’t have an account? Sign up here

Don't have an account? Sign up now

Forgot password?