For a brief time today, Twitter went down leaving us all without our fix of 140 character messages. The social networking service suffered an outage that lasted for a few hours earlier this afternoon. While Twitter users are used to issues where the service goes down due to excessive traffic for a few seconds or minutes, this outage today was much longer and affected both the Twitter.com website as well as the mobile app versions.
Full Twitter service seems to be restored, at least for now. The company's "Twitter Comms" page has posted up a couple of messages since then. One said, "Today's outage is due to a cascaded bug in one of our infrastructure components. We'll provide updated information soon."
The other message offered a little more info, saying, "A cascaded bug has an effect that isn’t confined to a particular software element; its effect 'cascades" into other elements as well."
Update: And you can read the full extent of the issues relating to the downtime by clicking the image below, or link below it.