Twitter goes down, chaos and productivity ensue (UPDATE: It’s back)

3:18 P.M. Update:

Okay, one more update for you “Why” type people who insist on explanations for things.

Twitter said “unexpected complications” during what it called “a planned deploy in one of our core services” caused the outage that began at 2:01 p.m. The company said it rolled back the change after realizing there was an issue and that service was restored by 2:47 p.m.

In a somewhat humorous twist, depending on how you define the word “humorous,” the outage happened while Twitter co-founder Biz Stone was appearing at the South by Southwest conference.

2:54 P.M. Update:

Well, that was fun. Twitter’s back, rendering meaning and form to the world once again.

Earlier:

Is Twitter down for you? Because Twitter went down for lots of people Tuesday afternoon.

Twitter reported shortly after 2:20 p.m. that most of its users “are experiencing issues accessing Twitter” on the Web and on mobile apps.

Users were greeted by this error message featuring Despair, the anthropomorphic ice cream cone:


(Screenshot of Twitter.com; existential unease not pictured.)

Twitter did come back for some people, which meant that those of us who had ascended to a higher plane of Twitter access were able to tweet useful and informative messages that very few people could see.

We will bring you the latest on the Twitter outage when we get it, until Twitter comes back, at which point we will be too distracted using Twitter to actually care about what caused the outage, probably. But somebody will care, and we will bring you the latest on what that somebody reports, I guess.

Mark Berman is a reporter on the National staff. He anchors Post Nation, a destination for breaking news, developing stories and quick analysis of events around the country.
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