Twitter can't handle the load

In the past few weeks many users have been noticing several problems with the popular social networking site Twitter. Sean Garrett of the Twitter communications team has made a post on the Twitter blog about the recent problems they have been having.

Twitter were trying to get their systems ready in time for the starting of the World Cup but complications caused the maintenance to take far longer than anticipated. They have been trying to tweak their systems with very small, minor changes. However, these small changes have led to the discovery of deeper issues with the site. This is what is causing the unexpected downtime that users have been experiencing. This coupled with the huge increase in traffic due to the World Cup has led to Twitter's worst month since last October in terms of up-time and stability.

The problems are not over either, Twitter is planning several periods of "down-time" in the coming two weeks in order to finish their maintenance. They have, however, promised that prior notice will be given to users and the down-time will not affect people tweeting over the World Cup games.

There is good news though, the changes that they are currently implementing "will make Twitter much more reliable in the future" and will hopefully reduce the chances of this happening again.

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People still use twitter AND/OR Facebook? Why? If you want to waste that kinda of time why not just sit in a coffee shop and start bothering random people with useless information and random pictures and see the response you get. Far more entertaining, ;-P

Twitter's load is breaking other web sites that use Twitter modules, too. I've had quite a few sites hang and stop loading because of references to twitter.com lately.

I've linked up all of my other social networks via the new Windows Live site (http://www.live.com).

Right now I mainly post (public stuff) to Twitter, which is how I post Facebook status updates. Then I read and reply to Facebook info on my friends via Live. For more personal posts I use Live to get the info out to Facebook, Live, and MySpace (anyone still using it?).

Oh, and as an added benefit whenever I'm on the Live site I can also be signed in to Messenger. Their web-based IM is the best I've seen and blows away the web versions of Google Talk and Facebook IM in terms of responsiveness and stability. It even supports being signed-on from multiple machines.

It's getting to the point where Chat will consist entirely of RESTful services that you interact with through a variety of clients a la carte. It's "on demand" functionality.

i use twitter to follow 'famous people' in fields i am interested..

specifically for any breaking news, and then conversely to answer questions directly if necessary

I saw a post once about how much actual data is sent per tweet. It's a lot, trust me.
Maybe they need to optimize that.

Is Twitter still going ? lol
FB > Twitter, Myspace, Bebo etc
Why people bother with such a crap service site I'll never understand.

Baked said,
Is Twitter still going ? lol
FB > Twitter, Myspace, Bebo etc
Why people bother with such a crap service site I'll never understand.

I use Twitter for contacting with my friends, if i need help i just ask. So its not just for following celebs... Who are just here to make money...

Baked said,
Is Twitter still going ? lol
FB > Twitter, Myspace, Bebo etc
Why people bother with such a crap service site I'll never understand.

I prefer twitter for Companies news,tutorials, howtos, info etc.

Nicholas P. said,

I prefer twitter for Companies news,tutorials, howtos, info etc.

You realise these same posts about their products and other stuff is also posted on FB. Most companies post on both.

Sebianoti said,

I use Twitter for contacting with my friends, if i need help i just ask. So its not just for following celebs... Who are just here to make money...

what are you on about....90% of that post was jibber.

Baked said,
Is Twitter still going ? lol
FB > Twitter, Myspace, Bebo etc
Why people bother with such a crap service site I'll never understand.

Twitter is different from Facebook et. al. - I think you just don't understand what Twitter is.

M2Ys4U said,

Twitter is different from Facebook et. al. - I think you just don't understand what Twitter is.

I understand what it is...I had a account for a while and used it on and off....the word limit makes it useless as a social communication platform. I know loads of people who all got in on twitter and had successful accounts with lots of friends following etc and so many all did the same thing closed their accounts and went to solely using FB.

Oh well have fun with your 140 characters lol (If I had tried to post this comment on Twitter I would have run out of characters before id written half of it LMAO)

It's amazing to me that a site that just allows users to post 160 character messages goes down so often. Facebook is the 2nd most visited site in the world and they seem to manage 99.999999% up-time. I understand that Twitter is very popular but you'd think that they would buy more servers and load balances and things. I mean come on, it's just 160 characters of text per tweet, they don't even allow file uploads and there's only like 1 dynamic page per account on the entire site..

Totally ridiculous how much downtime they suffer.

Vice said,
It's amazing to me that a site that just allows users to post 160 character messages goes down so often. Facebook is the 2nd most visited site in the world and they seem to manage 99.999999% up-time. I understand that Twitter is very popular but you'd think that they would buy more servers and load balances and things. I mean come on, it's just 160 characters of text per tweet, they don't even allow file uploads and there's only like 1 dynamic page per account on the entire site..

Totally ridiculous how much downtime they suffer.

Er...there's more going on than 140 character tweets. People go around and sometimes mass follow people, and many services make use of the API to do things. But still, Twitter should be better about not crashing so much.

Check this out: http://www.readwriteweb.com/ar...what_a_tweet_looks_like.php

If an alarm goes off in the Twitter office each time it is overloaded, I bet no one would notice it because they are so used to it.

Strike X said,
Does Twitter use MySQL to store data and get data from MySQL for real-time?

Doubtful, though I can only speculate, as can most if not all of the users here. How many of the people on Neowin work at Twitter?

Metodi Mitov said,

So invest. I know I'm not going to considering I've never used it.

haha, i'm not complaining.. i'm saying it is ****.

also i don't have a spare few million to invest in infrastructure, and even if i did the chances of getting ANY return is nil.

I signed up to Twitter a few months ago and immediatley got that 'over capacity' message as I was about to make my fisrt tweet.

.. Sooo... I won't be using that again. First impressions and all. :[ No less to them, mind.

twitter is great at having instant information around the world but the description of the news is just horrible and not ample by understanding the whole situation.It's only good at serving the key news but entirely not suitable for people who want to know from head to toe news.

the420kid said,
Twitter were trying to get their systems

EDIT: Twiiter *was* trying to get their

well CLEARLY not. If you decide that twitter is a singular noun, then why on EARTH would you attempt to correct the sentence and then employ a plural pronoun?

Pronouns must surely agree with their antecedants.

You could argue that Twitter is a collective noun for the "Twitter team", but even then the plural would only apply were the team doing different things independently of one another, e.g. "The Twitter team changed their battery settings, got on an aeroplane and went to their respective homes". As they are doing the same thing, i.e. getting their systems ready for the World Cup, this argument should not apply.

Edited by macf13nd, Jun 17 2010, 8:43pm :

macf13nd said,

well CLEARLY not. If you decide that twitter is a singular noun, then why on EARTH would you attempt to correct the sentence and then employ a plural pronoun?

The first guys fix looks right to me... the name Twitter is a company name, and it is a a singular noun. Usually you have more then one person working at a "company" so "Twitter (company) was (as far as we last know, since we can't see what they are doing right this second) trying to get their (being possessive to the company as a collective, they own the servers) systems (plural)

xendrome said,

The first guys fix looks right to me... the name Twitter is a company name, and it is a a singular noun. Usually you have more then one person working at a "company" so "Twitter (company) was (as far as we last know, since we can't see what they are doing right this second) trying to get their (being possessive to the company as a collective, they own the servers) systems (plural)

You've missed his point. The trouble isn't with was/were, but rather with his use of 'their'; 'their' suggests a plural subject, when he corrected his original post to 'was', indicating that he wants to use twitter as a singular noun.

Using 'their' in this way is normal in English but is, per the rules, not correct. In this case, when using 'was', he should also have used 'its'.

ffenliv said,

You've missed his point. The trouble isn't with was/were, but rather with his use of 'their'; 'their' suggests a plural subject, when he corrected his original post to 'was', indicating that he wants to use twitter as a singular noun.

Using 'their' in this way is normal in English but is, per the rules, not correct. In this case, when using 'was', he should also have used 'its'.

It's the Internet, does it really matter?

While I appreciate the finer points of grammar, I rarely bother pointing it out. I only waded in to correct someone who tried to 'uncorrect' a correction.

But while we're on the subject, you really comma spliced that there sentence.

Dinggus said,

It's the Internet, does it really matter?

ffenliv said,
While I appreciate the finer points of grammar, I rarely bother pointing it out. I only waded in to correct someone who tried to 'uncorrect' a correction.

But while we're on the subject, you really comma spliced that there sentence.

I truely don't give a **** about where I place my
commas and periods. That's what Microsoft Word is for.

ffenliv said,

You've missed his point. The trouble isn't with was/were, but rather with his use of 'their'; 'their' suggests a plural subject, when he corrected his original post to 'was', indicating that he wants to use twitter as a singular noun.

Using 'their' in this way is normal in English but is, per the rules, not correct. In this case, when using 'was', he should also have used 'its'.

exactly that - the correction was valid in itself.

Apologies for my tone, I was clearly in an irritable mood! :-)

Respawn said,
Twitter is over capacity message is so annoying, thats why I have not been on it in ages

You don't feel sorry for the poor whale?

I have also noticed Twitter been really unreliable and constantly coming up, saying that it is over capacity, it is annoying but i just keep refreshing until it comes back up. Glad they are making some improvements though.

SuperKid said,
I have also noticed Twitter been really unreliable and constantly coming up, saying that it is over capacity, it is annoying but i just keep refreshing until it comes back up. Glad they are making some improvements though.

Button jamming F5 will not help... it will only load the servers more...

SuperKid said,
I have also noticed Twitter been really unreliable and constantly coming up, saying that it is over capacity, it is annoying but i just keep refreshing until it comes back up. Glad they are making some improvements though.

Or just have patience and follow http://status.twitter.com and wait it out. Refreshing when they're down does nothing but increase the issue.

Conjor said,

Button jamming F5 will not help... it will only load the servers more...

Often the problems I face are over with very quick, so in one refresh or two it is back again.