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When Tech News Breaks, Will Twitter Do the Same?

As I noted on Friday, today will be a big news day in the Apple universe. At the company's annual developers' conference, chief executive Steve Jobs will, almost everybody assumes, unveil an updated, wireless broadband-equipped iPhone, along with updates to Mac OS X and "one more thing" that nobody's guessed yet.

That, in turn, means that Twitter -- the status-update site I wrote about last month -- will probably crumple shortly after 1 p.m. Eastern time, when Jobs' keynote begins and people start posting their 140-character reactions to it.

Twitter has enough problems dealing with traffic on normal days to draw snide sarcasm from some users (and to justify a log of its own disruptions), but major tech events tend to knock it right to the floor.

So if you want to get the Twitter take on Apple's announcements but can't seem to get through, stop by Is Twitter Down? for a one-word summary -- "Yes" or "No" -- of Twitter's availability.

Sadly, Is Twitter Down? has itself been known to experience moments of downtime. So, naturally, somebody had to create... wait for it... Is Down?.

Good luck following the news today! If all else fails, step away from the computer and take a long lunch break somewhere offline. The new iPhone will still be there for you to look at this evening.

By Rob Pegoraro  |  June 9, 2008; 9:57 AM ET
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