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Twitter Goes Down After Busy Inauguration Day

Jan 22, 2013

Jeremy C. Owens

Twitter's website, where millions went to read and share thoughts on President Barack Obama's inauguration ceremonies Monday, stopped working for many users in the afternoon.

The San Francisco company announced on its Status blog Monday that users were experiencing issues accessing the company's site, and that its engineers were working on the issues. The problems seemed to be intermittent, with users able to receive updates and post to Twitter one minute, but unable to the next.

The outage started about 2 p.m. Pacific time and blog was still reporting about 8 p.m. that some users were experiencing issues.

Earlier in the day,

Twitter had boasted of extreme usage during Obama's Inauguration Day events, announcing that there were about 1.1 million tweets sent during the official ceremony that referenced the inauguration, easily eclipsing the 82,392 sent during the president's 2009 ceremony.

Twitter had severe issues with outages in the early days of its service but has mostly put the "Fail Whale" to rest in the past few years; the last major outage occurred in early November.



Source: (c)2013 the San Jose Mercury News (San Jose, Calif.). Distributed by MCT Information Services.


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