Twitter Down!

Wow. Looks like Twitter is having the biggest downtime to date. After a day of it crawling at very low speeds, refreshing on the other machine, it’s now firing in circles. Meaning that a hit to my Twitter seems to be constantly redirecting to itself. Odd. And painful (for the server)!

update: Now it’s “Twitter: down for maintenance—be back shortly!”

I think that the users out there with hundreds (some well over a thousand Friends) (Robert Scoble and Jason Calacanis, for example) are probably causing a huge strain on the databases while calling for updates, depending on their architecture.

It could also be that they are in the process of implementing a group feature. Which should enable a further filter to reduce heavy flow. I’m sure they’ll get it all fixed up soon.

It also means that as it’s down people can get back to blogging! Ha!

It’s a shame that this went down, as I did a quick favour for my friend Bre Pettis from Make: magazine and set up a simple PHP script to grab the latest updates from the Make: Craft: and Hacks: zine blogs and post them to their respective Twitter accounts, which Bre set up after I alerted him that those usernames were still available. 😉

4 Responses to “Twitter Down!”


  1. 1 Julian March 19, 2007 at 11:17 pm

    I’ve been trying to track this dang out time for a while now. Thanks for letting me know that I’m not the only one experiencing these outages ;-).

  2. 2 drew March 20, 2007 at 1:35 am

    nice job with the make accounts.
    love the stuff you do! you inspire me all the time.

  3. 3 shannon March 20, 2007 at 2:11 pm

    Awesome scripts!
    Is is something you may make available to others by request?


  1. 1 Iggy Uncensored Trackback on March 20, 2007 at 1:02 am

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I am a 'Createc'. A creative technologist, entrepreneur/ hacker/ geek. Worked on building things on the web for over 12 years.

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