Technology. We’ve come to depend on it so much,  and yet it’s not always dependable. Thursday morning,  Twitter went down for over an hour,  wreaking havoc in the Twitteverse and the world.

Mazan Rawashdeh,  vice president of engineering posted the following apology on his blog:

“We are sorry. Many of you came to Twitter earlier today expecting, well, Twitter. Instead, between around [11:20am and Noon EST], users around the world got zilch from us. By about [1:25pm EST],  people who came to Twitter finally got what they expected: Twitter.”

The outage was apparently cause by a “cascading bug” – which is kind of like a domino effect of fails.   One thing goes wrong, causing something else to go wrong, and so on.

All of the bugs were fixed by 2:08pm EST.  Twitter was back online,  and people were back to Tweeting about breaking news,  the Olympics and even tasteless jokes – Greek Olympian Voula Papachristou and Swiss soccer player Michel Morganella were banned from participating in the 2012 games for their recent,  racist remarks.

My questions to you,  blogosphere,  are the following:

Rawashdeh likened the Twitter outage to “living without oxygen.”   Do you agree?   If so,  how did you cope without it?


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Rachel Roth

Executive Assistant

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