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This article was published on January 31, 2013

Just 10 days after its last outage, Twitter gets hit with the fail whale (Update: Fixed)

Just 10 days after its last outage, Twitter gets hit with the fail whale (Update: Fixed)

Just 10 days after the last set of access problems, Twitter is once again experiencing an outage. On Thursday morning, the service started experiencing high loads and the website began showing “over capacity” messages.

Update: The issue has been resolved. See the bottom of this article for Twitter’s statement.

We noted that last time there wasn’t a fail whale in sight. This time, however, we can’t say the same thing:


TNW staff first noticed Twitter’s access issues at 10:08AM EST. At 10:29AM EST, Twitter confirmed it is aware of the problems and is working to address them. The company’s status page states: “Some users may be experiencing issues accessing Twitter. Our engineers are currently working to resolve the issue.”

A quick check on DownForEveryoneOrJustMe shows the problem is a technical one: “It’s not just you! http://twitter.com looks down from here.” Meanwhile, DownRightNow doesn’t paint a pretty picture either, classifying the problem as a “Likely Service Disruption”:


We have contacted Twitter about the problems. We will update this article if we learn more.

Update at 1:30PM EST: Twitter has fixed the problem and issued the following statement.

We experienced intermittent issues affecting web and mobile users, globally, between approximately 7:00am and 9:50am PST. This incident has now been resolved. We apologize to users who were affected by this, and we’re working to ensure that similar issues do not occur.

The outage lasted for less than three hours.

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