Update: 12:14 PM CST: Twitter Over Capacity Whale Fail page is back after bringing back the twitter trends.
Update: 12:04 PM CST: The trends are now back and clickable on Twitter.
Update: 12:02 CST: It seems Twitter is back to normal at the moment minus the items they disabled for stabilization of the site. I suspect once they find the cause, those items will return.
Whale Fail Shows Twitter Over Capacity, June 9, 2010
It seems Twitter is having issues of being over capacity today. Not only has this been an issue for those who use this social networking service, the search capabilities of the site isn’t working either. The Trends on capacity are non clickable as well.
The overall outage has Twitter has the techs and others on this site bumfuzzeled as to why the fail whale keeps showing up for users of the site. While such errors can cause stress to users, any number of reasons could be causing the problems that started on June 8th. Both of the Twitter Over Capacity issues have plagued one of the largest social networking sites on and off for two days.
I know occasionally that twitters Whale Fail page pops up during certain times of day; not very often though. This usually happens when there is something that has become a hot topic and to many tweets have caused the site overload. In today’s case, this isn’t the issue.
I did notice an update on their status update page they have turned off many of the items, including the two I mentioned at the beginning of this article, to help keep Twitter stabilized.
When I check out Pingdom.com reports for downtime, I noticed there were four days where Twitter had downtime. Although two of the four days they were down for just a minute, this is what I have noticed on the days I mentioned previously.
On June 8th, 2010, Twitters Over Capacity down time was for 15 minutes, which Twitter had acknowledge on their update site. However, today, June 10, 2010, Twitter has had a down time of 74 minutes. That equates to 1 hour and 14 minutes. For any website, not just Twitter, being down for over an hour throughout the day is like loosing power for any business offline. It’s a killer for business.
While this may not affect too many people, it will affect those who are love this social networking site. I will update once I find Twitter has fixed their issue.
Twitter.com/home, June 2010; Pingdom.com
Twitter DOWN: ‘Over Capacity’ Fail Whale Won’t Go Away!; Huffingtonpost.com
Twitter / Status; Status.twitter.com