'@anywhere boosh' infiltrates Twitter
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.
For some Twitter users Tuesday, anywhere they went on Twitter, they were bounced by the mysterious "@anywhere boosh."
The problem occurs when navigating on Twitter.com -- 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?
The meaning behind boosh isn't so clear.
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.
| February 15, 2011; 2:00 PM ET
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