twittermaintenance1Twitter has been down for the past 15 minutes or so. We’ve been unable to update our feeds from both the Twitter homepage and third party clients like TweetDeck.

Twitter’s homepage notes that the site is “currently down for maintenance.” The Twitter Status page just posted that “most users are experiencing issues accessing Twitter on web and mobile apps. We’re looking into it.”

A quick check over at Google+ indicates many others having similar problems. I’m seeing a few tweets come through via Tweetdeck — like the one below from Re/code’s Mike Isaac — but Twitter is obviously having issues.

If you really need to tweet, you can use SMS to send messages. Aviel Ginzburg, CPO of Seattle-based social media analytics company Simply Measured, just figured this out:


Twitter has had service issues periodically for the past few months, none lasting longer than 20 or 30 minutes. But whether it’s one minute or an hour, you can bet that at least some Twitter users around the world are freaking out a little now that they can’t tweet about their lunchtime meal.

We’ll update this story as we learn more.

Update, 11:55 a.m.:

It seems many people are seeing normal functionality and can send tweets now. The Twitter Status page has not been updated, though, and a quick look at notes that Twitter is still down.

By last count, Twitter reported that there were more than 500 million tweets sent per day on its service. So an hour-long outage today means about 20 million or so tweets were unable to show up online.

Update, 12:30 p.m.:

Here’s the latest from Twitter on the outage:

During a planned deploy in one of our core services, we experienced unexpected complications that made Twitter unavailable for many users starting at 11:01am. We rolled back the change as soon as we identified the issue and began a controlled recovery to ensure stability of other parts of the service. The site was fully recovered by 11:47am PDT. We apologize for the inconvenience.

Most users are experiencing issues accessing Twitter on web and mobile apps. We’re looking into it.

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  • Jennifer

    Yep Im freaking out

  • Scarlett_Ang

    I must not be ‘hip’. I decided to check out the GeekWire news first before checking on Twitter during my lunch break. (nope, I don’t post pics of my food. too busy eating it)

  • Cupertino Jay

    and it’s baack. #twipocalpse #averted

  • Rudy Haugeneder

    Go really aTwitter and read the following: — FRIDAY IS PI DAY: Mark your calendar. This Friday, March 14th (3.14), is day. It’s an occasion to celebrate one of the most compelling and mysterious constants of Nature. Pi appears in equations describing the orbits of planets, the colors of auroras, the structure of DNA. The value of is woven into the fabric of life, the universe and … everything.

    Humans have struggled to calculate for thousands of years. Divide the circumference of a circle by its diameter; the ratio is . Sounds simple, but the devil is in the digits. While the value of is finite (a smidgen more than 3), the decimal number is infinitely long: 3.141592653589793238462643383279502884197169399375105820974944592307 and calculating.

    MEANWHILE, there’s a GROWING CHANCE OF FLARES: Sunspot AR2002 poses a growing threat for solar flares. Since the week began, the active region has more than tripled in size. It now has more than a dozen dark cores and sprawls across 100,000 km of solar terrain.

    The rapid growth of AR2002 has destabilized its magnetic field, which makes it more likely to erupt. NOAA forecasters estimate a 60% chance of M-class flares and a 10% chance of X-class flares during the next 24 hours.

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