Twitter Crashes, World Reels

Twitterverse taken down by 'double-whammy'
By Mary Papenfuss,  Newser Staff
Posted Jul 27, 2012 12:00 AM CDT
Twitter Crashes, World Reels
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The Twitterverse came to an unexpected halt for more than an hour yesterday, and tweeters around the globe nearly panicked. Twitter apologized for the worldwide outage, and blamed it on a technical glitch—not on overwhelming traffic triggered by the Olympics, as tweeters later speculated, reports CNN. "We are sorry," Twitter's vice president of engineering wrote in a blog post. "Users around the world got zilch from us" until service returned.

The crash was blamed on an "infrastructural double-whammy" when a backup data center failed after the first center crashed. Tweeters complained that they couldn't gripe about the outage on Twitter—and were forced to grumble on Facebook. (More Twitter stories.)

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