UPDATE: Don’t Bother Using Twitter Until Early Tuesday Morning
UPDATE: Twitter seems to have moved from not working at all to working with what appears to be some odd behavior. For instance: After entering a tweet and hitting “return,” whether you’re on Twitter.com or a client (TweetDeck, in my case), Twitter pauses, then gives you an error message. But the tweets now appear to be going through anyway! Which means you may end up entering the same tweet four or five times as you figure that out. So tweet if you must. But really, shouldn’t you be sleeping?
Twitter said it might not stay up during the World Cup and it was right: The site has been down for at least an hour, and it’s going to stay that way for a while. As in, until early Tuesday morning.
Twitter’s status blog blames the outage on “the failed enhancement of a new approach to timeline caching” and gives no ETA for repair. But Twitter PR rep Carolyn Penner is more precise: She expects the service to be up again by 6 am Eastern.
So perhaps you ought to take advantage of the outage and get some rest (if you live in the U.S., that is–the rest of you will have to find something else to occupy your time).
Meanwhile, it’s worth noting that while Twitter has continued to struggle since its wea-culpa/be-warned! blog post Friday, none of the problems seem to be the result of a massive spike in World Cup-related tweets. As far as I can tell, none of the outages coincided with any game.
So when the service does come back on, feel free to tweet away during the Cup. And make sure you follow Twitter’s newest star–a World Cup celebrity enjoying a first taste of fame.