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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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I think the NSA has a job to do and we need the NSA. But as (physicist) Robert Oppenheimer said, “When you see something that is technically sweet, you go ahead and do it and argue about what to do about it only after you’ve had your technical success. That is the way it was with the atomic bomb.”

— Phil Zimmerman, PGP inventor and Silent Circle co-founder, in an interview with Om Malik