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The Day Twitter Died

We monitor large buzz sites and sites which demand high availability. It looks like twitter.com took a turn for the worst yesterday (5/20/08) as their site constantly flapped up and down. Twitter has been long known as a "Web 2.0" application used to "micro blog". Recently Twitter has been noted to help save lives in the recent China earthquakes.

Yesterday we noticed that Twitters site was completely unavailable (at least from the Midwest United States) for a combined 5.18 hours! This kind of reliability for a site which seems to be so important is mind-blowing.

Here are some statistics of the outage (click for larger view):

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