Out with a bang – or was it a whimper?

Social network Twitter ground to a halt yesterday as it was overloaded with New Year messages. In Britain the site crashed at about 3pm and was out of action for more than an hour.

It coincided with midnight celebrations in Japan when revellers were sending a record 16,197 tweets per second.

The overload meant no one could post new messages or read existing ones. Instead, frustrated users were greeted with the error message: ‘Twitter is over capacity.’

The site returned to working order but then stopped on several other occasions, prompting speculation that it was being hit by the arrival of New Year in different parts of the world.

One user tweeted: ‘It’s amazing how three words can ruin my day! Twitter over capacity.’

Another joked: ‘Twitter’s New Year resolution needs to be I will never go over capacity.’

Conversely however, I was actually able to send texts at midnight last night that were going through straight away and responded to immediately – an unheard of event in years gone by … perhaps technology hasn’t moved quite as far ahead as it would have us believe?

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Posted on January 2, 2012, in Twitter and tagged , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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