Are you among the many who had difficulties with Twitter today? For most, this meant that their Tweets were not posting and that they could not view photos, or click on links, posted by other users of Twitter. TechCrunch reports that the outage lasted about 41 minutes.
Twitter confirmed the outage with a Tweet from its Twitter Support account:
Some users may be experiencing issues accessing Twitter. Our engineers are working to resolve it. Find updates at status.twitter.com
— Support (@Support) June 3, 2013
They suggested people find updates by going to status.twitter.com. Note that the link was not clickable (at least for me) in the Tweet from Twitter Support. I’ve tried going to the suggested website many times, but all I’m getting is a server error.
However, Huffington Post eports that around 5:20 p.m. ET, Twitter posted a blog saying that the issue has been resolved. According to Huffington Post, an explanation was given:
Due to a routine change, Twitter was not available from 1:08 pm PDT to 1:33pm PDT. We rolled back the erroneous change as soon as we identified the issue. Additionally, some users may have experienced Tweet delivery delay from 1:33pm PDT and 1:53pm PDT. We apologize for the inconvenience.
It looks like everyone can relax now. I admit I was concerned about what happened to Twitter after I read an article from the New York Times that quoted Turkey’s leader, Mr. Erdogan, as saying something I found to be rather ominous, considering the recent events in Turkey:
“Now we have a menace that is called Twitter,” he said. “The best examples of lies can be found there. To me, social media is the worst menace to society”.