Did you guys wake up today wanting to tweet something but you couldn’t? Or you want to check what’s trending but there’s nothing there? Well, I’m not sure if this is good news but you’re not the only one experiencing this problem. This apparently happened to a lot of people all over the world.
Twitter confirmed that an “inadvertent change” made to its internal systems had caused the crashes throughout the US evening and Australian morning.
For several minutes, the entire social media platform went down and, although it was quickly brought back online, users were unable to tweet or retweet anything for more than an hour. Tweeting something was fine for me but the trending page was not available for me.
Those who tried to post were met with an error message saying Twitter was “overcapacity”, or a note simple saying: “Oops, something went wrong.” The “notifications” and “mentions” feeds were also unavailable.
The site continued to malfunction periodically for a number of users. People all around the world reported problems. Twitter’s official status page said there was no evidence this outage [was] caused by a security breach or hack. We’re currently investigating internal root causes.
“The recent issue was caused by an inadvertent change we made to our internal systems. Twitter should be working for everyone within the next few hours,” said the company.
I mean it’s good that they took immediate action for the problem but wow did the outage made us realise exactly how obsessed we are with the internet and social media. Imagine not being able to share something on your social media.
Yes I admit that I can’t really live without social media. I mean I can live for hours and days without it but I like to know it’s still there when I get back. That and my job requires me to check what’s trending so I can write about it. So you may be able to deactivate your social media but for some of us, that’s where we get our money.