Update: After about an hour of downtime, Twitter seems to be up and running. Here’s what the Twitter team had to say: “We are experiencing an outage due to an extremely high number of whales. Our on-call team is working on a fix.”
It’s good to know that Twitter got those extra fail whales out of its series of tubes. The exact cause hasn’t been released yet, but we’ll update you when we have that info. – It’s not just you: Twitter is completely down, and has been for at least 15 minutes. What exactly what took down the microblogging service, we don’t know (some speculate that a wave of tweets due to this morning’s 6.1 earthquake in Haiti could be partly responsible). It’s late pacific time (or early, depending on your perspective), meaning most of the Twitter team is probably asleep and a response to the situation will be delayed. Since the DDoS attacks last August, Twitter’s been doing pretty well in terms of uptime (though it’s had its share of slowdowns). We will update you when we learn what’s happened. In the meantime, you’ve got Facebook to update your friends on your frustrations, or our comments section below.