Tweetless in Seattle, also New York, San Francisco, etc., etc.

Tweetless in Seattle, also New York, San Francisco, etc., etc.

Summary: Twitter went down at about 12 Eastern time leaving us “Tweetless." For some users, the site has started coming back up at about 1:15 Eastern time. [UPDATE 3:45 PM Eastern]

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For over an hour, Twitter was down without even a fail whale to warn us.

For over an hour, Twitter was down without even a fail whale to warn us.

Twitter, the popular social network went down with a bang sometime around noon Eastern time. According to the Down For Everyone Not Me site, Twitter was down for everyone. After coming up briefly at about 1:15 Eastern, the site is down again.

Usually, when Twitter fails, which doesn't happen nearly as often as it used to, the site comes up with its famous, or infamous, fail whale. Not this time. Indeed, many attempts to reach the site aren't resolving at all.

The problem, however, does seem to be with the site. A check on intoDNS, a Domain Name Service checking site, reveals that Twitter's DNS set-up is still fine and dandy.

Esther Schindler, co-author of The Complete Idiot's Guide to Twitter Marketing, and who had just been getting ready to host a Tweetchat, said, “This demonstrates just how much we have grown to depend on Twitter (and other online services we get for free). It's like discovering that the phone's dial tone is gone... and there's nobody to contact to say "Give me my money back!” Her Tweetchat, by the by, is now rescheduled for July 26.

Twitter, on its status site, had yet to release a full explanation for this massive failure. The only thing we knew at first  is that: “Users may be experiencing issues accessing Twitter. Our engineers are currently working to resolve the issue.”

Three hours later, we're finally getting a bit more of a hint. According to an official Twitter account, "Today's outage is due to a cascaded bug in one of our infrastructure components. We'll provide updated information soon."

Twitter outages are continuing, but after the first hour when the system was completely down, the site seems to be functioning better. At about 1:13 Easternm the site started coming back up for some users. We still don't know exactly why it went down or why the site is continuing to behave eractically.

Topics: Social Enterprise, Browser

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  • DNS...

    The fact that anyone could get to status.twitter.com shows their DNS was fine. No magic tool needed there.
    Big Sparky
  • Yippee, Twitter was down

    the real question is did anyone miss it? Somehow I doubt it.
    Cynical99
  • OMG!!!

    NEW YORK (AP) -- In one of the largest social media disasters in US history, Obama administration officials confirmed that Twitter was completely offline Thursday for at least an hour. The officials, who spoke on condition of anonymity, would not speculate on what the nationwide death toll could have been. Fox News has reported worldwide deaths could number in the tens of millions, but this could not be confirmed.

    Internet physicists at the CERN research facility in Europe say they have no explanation for the outage at this time. There is speculation, however, that it may have been caused by a gravitational fluctuation in local space-time, or that the one wire that was frayed last month just shorted out. The physicists added they told that guy Steve to change the wire out, but "...he's always high anyway, so you can't get him to do anything." Steve was unavailable for comment.

    In a related development, it has been reported that Kathy, a senior technical manager at Electrocorp Industries in Atlanta, claims her project has been completed three weeks ahead of schedule. Said Kathy, "I'm not sure what happened. Everyone was saying at lunch they might not be able to make deadline, and suddenly it's on my desk, as if by magic."

    When asked if the twitter outage and the sudden surge in productivity may have been related, Kathy claimed to not understand the question.
    pishaw
  • THANK GOD!!

    Now if only it & Farcebook would go down PERMANENTLY.
    IT_Fella
    • Amen

      and Amen
      Scatcatpdx
    • Amen

      and amen again and again, and again!
      Cynical99
  • Twiter Down

    for a moment people discover real life exist
    Scatcatpdx