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Twitter has been down for about 40 minutes now (since about 6 am California time), and counting. No word on their status blog about the outage at all (Update: they now say "Site is down - We are determining the cause and will provide an update shortly.").
^ That's the first place I go when Twitter appears to be down. And then I double check at...
Downtime has been almost non-existent these past few months. I have this sneaky feeling that they are going to announce that they were compromised or something.
There are 45 million Twits right now without access. I'm sure some of them may be pondering the meaning of life at this very moment. The one's that aren't bots (68%). :)
Looks like someone found a way to post more than 140 chars... and overloaded their servers.
It wasn't me! I was just waking up when the site was going down. ;)
[edited by: pageoneresults at 2:51 pm (utc) on Aug. 6, 2009]
just block P1 and a couple others I can think of and the page views will drop down to a comfortable level
<added>DoS, honestly, those servers are only 10 page views from committing hari kari on any given day as far as I see
[edited by: jatar_k at 2:55 pm (utc) on Aug. 6, 2009]
Brett, can you give us a 140 window please? And don't forget to let me post up to 250 with JS off. :)
Overview of Twitter's Uptime History
You can also watch the real time detox here...
<added> Ah, we can go back to work now. Twitter is UP!
[edited by: pageoneresults at 3:03 pm (utc) on Aug. 6, 2009]
Update: the site is back up, but we are continuing to defend and recover from this attack
At some point we should stop reporting on the updates and discuss the implications of service interruptions like this. Do you want to reply so much on a service that can't seem to defend itself against a DDOS attack? I've seen smaller sites weather these kinds of things more effectively. Is it wrong to expect better of a major site like Twitter?
I forgot about status.twitter.com but pingdom told me all that I needed to know: 21 seconds to load a single HTML page that contained no images, CSS or scripts.
Interestingly, sites like the BBC are reporting that "traffic is 4% down on normal" for the last hour or so. Is that the percentage of traffic to their site that they get from viral Twitter click-throughs? [news.bbc.co.uk...]
Strangely, some of the bots that I have running are not returning error messages when accessing Twitter search; I'm not sure if Twitter is returning blank pages or real data for those.
I would tell the BBC the exact time the service failed, but they haven't enabled comments on this story: [news.bbc.co.uk...] -- "It is not yet clear when the outage began or whether the service has suffered a global blackout."
[edited by: g1smd at 3:33 pm (utc) on Aug. 6, 2009]
Where will people go to post meaningless thoughts and dull events of their day?
I say WebmasterWorld give us a Twitter like interface so we can come over here when Twitter is down. :)
[edited by: pageoneresults at 3:50 pm (utc) on Aug. 6, 2009]
will be top of the trending topics as the vast majority of the users comment on the DDoS as soon as they get access... further contributing to the DDoS itself. Erk.
UPDATE: Yes, even with limited access, many hundreds of people per minute talking about DDoS. Idiots.
Down at 13:05 UTC. Sporadically back up 15:09 UTC onwards. More stable after 15:50 UTC.
[edited by: g1smd at 3:57 pm (utc) on Aug. 6, 2009]