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This article was published on September 28, 2009


Twitter is “over capacity” more often than you think

Twitter is “over capacity” more often than you think
Boris Veldhuijzen van Zanten
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Boris Veldhuijzen van Zanten

CEO and co-founder, TNW

Boris is a serial entrepreneur who founded not only TNW, but also V3 Redirect Services (sold), HubHop Wireless Internet Provider (sold), and Boris is a serial entrepreneur who founded not only TNW, but also V3 Redirect Services (sold), HubHop Wireless Internet Provider (sold), and pr.co. Boris is very active on Twitter as @Boris and Instagram: @Boris.

twitter_fail_whaleI used to think that Twitter was mainly up and available for everybody and that now and then it would just go down for everybody. Sounds logical right?

Earlier today I got the famous ‘Fail Whale’ message and went over to search.twitter.com to see if it had been down for long and noticed that it seems to be showing the Fail Whale around the clock and with a seemingly regular beat to it too.

It seems that about every few minutes someone using Twitter sees the “Twitter is over capacity” message. About a hundred people tweet about Twitter being ‘Over capacity’ every 24 hours (yes I went back 80 pages to get to find out) so that will probably mean that thousands see the error every day and simply ignore it.

I’m not sure if this is good or bad news. It could mean that the system is always pushing its boundaries and won’t be able to scale much as it is now.
Or it could mean that Twitter is doing fine and it only shows error for a handful of users and only in rare circumstances.

I personally haven’t been confronted with the Fail Whale for months now. Well, until yesterday. So I’m hoping it is actually a good sign. What do you think?

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