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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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The problem with the Billionaire Savior phase of the newspaper collapse has always been that billionaires don’t tend to like the kind of authority-questioning journalism that upsets the status quo.

— Ryan Chittum, writing in the Columbia Journalism Review about the promise of Pierre Omidyar’s new media venture with Glenn Greenwald