Twitter is down. The social network announced the outage on their status page this morning at around 10:30 am CST. Twitter said, “users may be experiencing issues accessing Twitter.”
Twitter didn’t say what the issue might be that’s causing the outage, but did say that their “engineers are currently working to resolve the issue.”
“We are aware of the issue and are looking into it,” a Twitter spokeswoman said.
Social media addicts have turned to Facebook and Google Plus to report the Twitter fail whale. Some Twitter users aren’t even able to get the fail whale to load.
Julian Evans said on Google Plus: “#Twitter down. Anyone else experiencing problems? This would never happen with Facebook. Time for Twitter to invest in some additional servers to deal with the increasing payload!”
Ganeemathullah Bhaurdin posed a great question to Google Plus: “Twitter is down.. Begs the question, where do u go to tweet about twitter is down?” That’s exactly what I would like to know as well.
Brian LePore made a great point with: “So Google Talk had an outage earlier today. Everyone moved to Twitter to vent. Now Twitter’s website is down. Now watch all of the Google Talk AND Twitter users take to Facebook to vent about those outages. Which will then go down so people will have to finally try out Google+. This … could be a shrewd move by Google.”
Twitter isn’t the only online service suffering from an outage today. Google announced earlier this morning that the chat service, Google Talk, was also down, but the problem has been resolved since then.
During an outage on June 21, Twitter users from around the world were unable to log into the service for almost two hours. It’s believed that was the longest-lasting crash in Twitter’s history, even with the reputation for frequent, inconvenient crashes when they first started.
“A ‘cascading bug’ is a bug with an effect that isn’t confined to a particular software element, but rather its effect ‘cascades’ into other elements as well. One of the characteristics of such a bug is that it can have a significant impact on all users, worldwide, which was the case today,” explained engineering vice president Mazen Rawashdeh in a blog post about Twitter being down on June 21, 2012.