Twitter Stays Afloat
By Garance Franke-Ruta
Political technologists joked on Facebook that Obama's inaugural today created such an online surge that it "broke the Internet" and sites streaming live video sagged under the weight of demand. But one site with a history of outages manged to stay live, other than a few relatively short-lived blips.
Twitter, the popular microblogging site now used by many major media corporations, including The Washington Post, managed not to go down today -- despite experiencing a major surge in use.
"During the peak of our traffic we saw about 5x our normal tweets-per-second," said Twitter co-founder Biz Stone in an e-mail, queried about some flickering of the site earlier today. "Overall, Twitter held up fine although some people did experience a 2-5 minute delay receiving new updates."
Staying afloat during a demand spike of this kind is an achievement for the San Francisco-based company, which in 2008 experienced such frequent outages that a microgenre of blog posts ribbing the firm developed and the company became the subject of a single-serving domain devoted to answering the frequently asked question "Is Twitter Down?"
The answer there this morning came as a relief to all who were relying on the service: "No."
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