Twitter is supporting 800 million queries a day, or 33 percent more than it said it was handling back in April, according to co-founder Biz Stone, who spoke at the Aspen Ideas Festival today.
That means the company, which is trying to brand itself as an “information network” rather than a social network, is handling 24 billion queries a month. The last time the company reported daily search volumes was back in April at its inaugural developer conference, Chirp, when it said it was supporting 600 million queries a day.
This traffic increase is great for Twitter, but their infrastructure doesn't seem to be scaling to match the volume. In the last few weeks, fail whales have been common enough to cause some users to give up until service improves.
I wonder how much is World Cup-related, and whether traffic will decline next week.