Breaking news causes Twitter fail

Wow, within just a few minutes after a big after shock hit Haiti, the Twitter home page was showing the Fail Whale, and it still does now (more than one hour later).

A lot of retweets happening at the same time seem to cause a system overload. Once again shows that Twitter is being used as a news source for a lot of people world wide.

Twitter is back, but doesn’t mention the exact cause of the outage:

… A sudden failure coupled with problems in switching to a backup system …

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