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This article was published on January 24, 2015


    It’s not just you: .co domains seem to be having problems

    It’s not just you: .co domains seem to be having problems
    Owen Williams
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    Owen Williams

    Former TNW employee

    Owen was a reporter for TNW based in Amsterdam, now a full-time freelance writer and consultant helping technology companies make their word Owen was a reporter for TNW based in Amsterdam, now a full-time freelance writer and consultant helping technology companies make their words friendlier. In his spare time he codes, writes newsletters and cycles around the city.

    Noticed that none of the links on Twitter are working today? It’s not just you! It looks like there’s a very serious problem with the .co top-level domain today, causing the t.co URL shorter to break.

    Twitter shortens all links on its service using the t.co URL, which is affected by a problem on the .co domain that seems to affect a select number of people. For those affected, they’re unable to load anything on Twitter since all links require that domain.

    If you’re affected by the problem, all other .co domain names also won’t load. It’s not entirely clear where the issue lies, but it appears to be related to a problem with the .co DNS servers and not related to Twitter itself.

    DNS updates takes up to 24 hours to propagate to everyone, which explains why some users are still able to access these sites. Because of the nature of the issue, it may take a while to get fixed; we’ll update you if we find any further information.

    Update: Some are reporting that .co domains are beginning to work again. Flushing your DNS cache may fix the problem. Here’s how on Mac or PC.

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