Why Did Twitter Go Down This Week?
If, like many of us Twitter addicts out there, you were gasping for air during a service outage, Twitter has posted an update that seeks to explain what happened.
The social network suffered a major outage early Thursday afternoon, prompting many to wonder what had happened to Twitter – and what to do instead.
I suppose it was also possible that Twitter was hit by a hacking attack, but turns out the “cascading bug” was to blame.
With this type of problem, it’s usually one thing that breaks, causing a bunch of other stuff to fall apart right after. Think of it almost like a bunch of dominos falling over.
Twitter ended up fixing its service by rolling back to a previous version, but whatever caused that cascading bug isn't really all that clear.
The blog post goes on to say how reliable Twitter is – achieving 99.96 per cent uptime during the past six months.
That’s a statistic that’s actually quite good, but when such an outage occurs – the feeling can be one of frustration and anxiousness - not quite the healthiest feeling.
Do you think we rely too much on social networks?
Info source: msn.ca