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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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Just as the atom bomb was the weapon that was supposed to render war obsolete, the Internet seems like capitalism’s ultimate feat of self-destructive genius, an economic doomsday device rendering it impossible for anyone to ever make a profit off anything again. It’s especially hopeless for those whose work is easily digitized and accessed free of charge.

— Author Tim Kreider on not getting paid for one’s work