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It’s the End of the World – Twitter is Down!

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UPDATE 8/6 8.04am: It appears to be a Denial of Service attack that Twitter is currently combating.

Fail Whale
Twitter’s Famous Fail Whale

Back when Twitter was still just a method for geeks to spout off about whatever, seeing the Fail Whale was quite commonplace.  Multiple times per day, Twitter would get overloaded and the system simply couldn’t keep up.  Post venture capital, it’s finally come around that everyone from celebrities to the stiffest of corporations to your Mother is tweeting…and the system has been rock solid 6-9 months.

Until today, it would seem!  It appears that around 6am PST, the system simply stopped responding.  We have not even been blessed with the appearance of the Fail Whale, just a Page Not Found error.  <gasp>  What are we to do with ourselves??!

About 40 minutes ago (6.30am PST), Twitter posted that the site is down and they’re trying to resolve it.

Denial of Service?  Catastrophic Crash?  Hack?  And you thought the Twitpocalypse was bad…  <grin>  Good luck enjoying a Twitter-free couple of hours!

It will be interesting to see how long this lasts, and how this affects Twitter’s reputation as a reliable communication tool, instead of just a Social Network.  The good news is, massive outages such as this usually lead to improved infrastructure to combat such issues in the future.  My guess is that will be the case, and Twitter will live to not die another day (well, until the next major system outage…)

All this lack of Twitterness reminded me of this video, quite hysterical even for those of us who use Twitter regularly!  Hey, if you can’t laugh at yourself…right?  The Fail Whale ending is classic…

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About the author

Al Bsharah

Al’s been involved in multiple San Diego startups since 1999 after leaving the Detroit auto industry as an electrical engineer. He's started two of his own companies where he's raised capital from both VCs and angels, and sold one of them to both Seismic and Return Path. He resides on the board of Startup San Diego, is a Tech Coast Angels member, and has graduated both Techstars and Founder Institute accelerator programs where he now mentors. Al is currently the Vice President of Product Strategy at Seismic and in his free time he manages to play a little beach volleyball, trade stocks, and camp with his wife, son, dog, and friends.

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