Twitter briefly went offline today, instilling trepidation in international users waiting to access some 6,000 tweets that are posted on average on Twitter each second.
People from all over the world were unable to access the network for around 15 minutes early Friday.
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The outage, although brief, was reported in multiple countries, with uptrends.com showing the entire world cut off from the social media except for the US. Tweets in English, Spanish, German and other languages sprang up after the network went up, with people wondering what has just happened.
On Wednesday evening, it took hours for the popular Facebook-owned messaging service WhatsApp to fix outages around the world. The situation sent shockwaves around social media as disconnected users had to resort to using alternative messengers, or simply freak out and panic.
Twitter did not immediately comment on the reason of the website’s crash.
However, as some tweets suggest, what followed the May the Fourth WhatsApp outage might have been the Revenge of the Fifth.
— Outage Report (@ReportOutage) May 5, 2017
I tweeted twitter down but it wont tweet as it was down but when the tweet finally tweeted, realized twitter isn’t down anymore #twitterdown
— Subbu (@beingsubbu) May 5, 2017
What’s wrong with Twitter? #twitterdown
— Phil (@luckyphilbkk) May 5, 2017
— Paúl Sánchez (@P9Sanchez) May 5, 2017
— DowndetectorUK (@DowndetectorUK) May 5, 2017
— Turkey Blocks (@TurkeyBlocks) May 5, 2017
— mythorus (@mythorus) May 3, 2017
Good morning, good folk of Twitter. Even you, people who are utterly tired of May the Fourth jokes.
It’s the Revenge of the Fifth.
— Febin Mathew (@FebWin) May 5, 2017
Twitter has suffered several outages in the past. Earlier, the app used a ‘fail whale’ picture to show that the network was broken and was forced to go offline.
Member Fail Whale ? pic.twitter.com/9qWv4zalGt
— Yeudy (@Yeudy_) May 5, 2017
Twitter, an online news and social networking service, was created in 2006 and now has over 300 million active users, as of March 2017.
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