Has Twitter Done A Gmail?

I work up kind of late this morning, had some breakfast, and opened TweetDeck at about 10.30am. My first tweet was at 10.41am. I posted some other stuff before realising I hadn’t heard TweetDeck’s familiar update bleep for quite some time, had a closer look at my feed, and realised that nobody else had updated at all.

“How curious,” I observed.


It appears that Twitter has been down for about two hours. You can login and you can post, but only your updates are visible and only to yourself. This is the case on TweetDeck, Twitter.com, Dabr.co.uk and everywhere else. As far as I can tell, nobody can see anyone else’s updates, and haven’t been able to since about 9.30am (GMT).

Oddly, direct messages work. I’ve been sent and exchanged a few.

Unfortunately, @twitter has elected not to follow me so I can’t ask them what the problem is. There’s no news in the status page, either.

Updates if and when they come. πŸ™‚ Meantime, if you can manage to successfully post and receive updates (from other users), please let me know. If this is global, there’s going to be a lot of talk later today. Twitter isn’t as popular as Gmail, but it’s very en vogue right now, and this puts a whole new spin on the fail whale.

EDIT: And of course, two seconds after I write this post, it comes back on. πŸ˜‰

UPDATE: It seems to be fully functional now. The stream returned first, and then the missing tweets staggered in. Search took a while to come back but seems functional now. It’s all good. Nothing to see here… πŸ™‚