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Twitter No Longer Bothering to Tell You That It’s Down

If you tried to use Twitter in the last two hours, there’s a very good chance you ran into some kind of problem. So you don’t need Twitter’s status page to tell you there’s a problem.

Which is good, because according to Twitter’s status page, there hasn’t been any problem. Got it?

Alas, there’s no mystery about why Twitter struggled this morning: Everyone* was using it to squeal with dejection, delight, then outrage about the U.S.-Slovenia World Cup game. And Twitter did indeed warn us that it could struggle during big World Cup games this month.

So if you’re planning ahead: The next U.S. game, against Algeria, starts at 10 am Eastern next Wednesday, June 23. Probably best to find another service to use that morning.

*Technical note: Not everyone.

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Another gadget you don’t really need. Will not work once you get it home. New model out in 4 weeks. Battery life is too short to be of any use.

— From the fact sheet for a fake product entitled Useless Plasticbox 1.2 (an actual empty plastic box) placed in L.A.-area Best Buy stores by an artist called Plastic Jesus