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Posted at 2:00 PM ET, 02/15/2011

'@anywhere boosh' infiltrates Twitter

By Eric Athas

UPDATE: 2/15/11 at 8:50 p.m.

It appears that the problem extends beyond Twitter's Web site, even redirecting people to the blank "@anywhere boosh" page from sites that use Twitter's API. Users were also reporting delayed tweets on clients such as Tweetdeck.

anywhere boosh
The blank page that greeted Twitter users Tuesday.

For some Twitter users Tuesday, anywhere they went on Twitter, they were bounced by the mysterious "@anywhere boosh."

The problem occurs when navigating on -- not on desktop clients such as TweetDeck. After clicking on a link within the site, people are being abruptly redirected to a blank Web page. The title of the Web page, which appears at the top of the window, says "@anywhere boosh."

As some of our readers reported, the virus has left Twitter and started happening on other sites. Let us know where and when you see it.

What is @anywhere boosh? Has it taken the Fail Whale hostage? Users headed to Twitter for answers.

Earlier Tuesday, Twitter's @support acknowledged the problem and said engineers are looking into it, but there's no explanation as to what caused it.

The question still remains -- what is @anywhere? And what is boosh?

Well, @anywhere is Twitter's Javascript API that the company announced in March. It enables developers to build Twitter functionality into their site.

The meaning behind boosh isn't so clear.

It could be referring to Philadelphia Flyers goalie Brian "Boosh" Boucher. Or British comedy troupe The Mighty Boosh.

According to #tagdef, the hashtag #boosh means:

1. Used to express joy, happiness, delight, or happyness. 2. Used to express repugnance or contempt. 3. Used to interrupt a conversation. 4. Used to suprise or jolt another. 5. A combination of any or all of the above at once.

By the looks of today's tweets, the No. 3 definition appears to be most accurate.

Have you encountered @anywhere boosh? Tell us about it in the comments below.

By Eric Athas  | February 15, 2011; 2:00 PM ET
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Well you and others have said it does not happen on TweetDeck but it does and it's getting on my last nerve as I don't have Twitter or TweetDeck open and it has happened all day to me on local websites..UGH!

Posted by: 7nflgirl | February 15, 2011 5:59 PM | Report abuse

Yeah, what she said. I'm getting this problem when I visit Wapo pages -- the screen will flash the wapo content then bounce over to the boosh thing. I don't regularly visit twitter.

Posted by: Section406 | February 15, 2011 6:04 PM | Report abuse

I've only had this problem twice. Funnily enough, they both happened while I was watching Frisky Dingo (Boosh! is used quite often on that show)

Posted by: TheHafk | February 16, 2011 4:48 AM | Report abuse

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