#TwitterDown: when a social network fails, hilarity ensues
Tuesday wasn't a good day for Twitter. For two and a half hours today, social media addicts globally had to live without their fix as Twitter saw its second outage in days.
The website said 'something is technically wrong' and the company didn't immediately provide any further details, leaving users unclear when the rantfest could return to normal. This is, in fact, Twitter's 4th outage in the past three weeks. #DefinitelyNotUsual.
The network wasn't consistently down for all users, though, which means there were mixed reports about whether the site was accessible on mobile, tablet or the laptop. Those who couldn't access it naturally did the next best thing: they went to Facebook to vent about Twitter. Those who could access it? They did the even more predictable - announce #TwitterDown on Twitter.
Which meant irony got an extended outing as during the peak of the downtime, #TwitterDown was the top Twitter trend in most social-obsessed cities around the world.
How, you may ask? Well, these people have the same question as well:
Twitter is down, and everyone tweeting about it? HOW? #twitterdown- Saman (@itzSaman) January 19, 2016
How's #twitterdown trending if Twitter is down ? 🤔- Olgaaa⚡️ (@olga_persh_) January 19, 2016
The on and then off, then on and off again nature of #TwitterDown meant there was scope to provide hilarity to those who could access the site.
Some of our favourite examples from the #TwitterDown hashtag:
I love that #twitterdown is trending so people on Twitter can tell other Twitter users that Twitter is down.- Jamie Worthington (@bigmornings) January 19, 2016
Twitter tested a 10K character tweet#twitterdown- EnvyDaTropic (@envydatropic) January 19, 2016
The Social Does Notwork #twitterdown le film- Bertrand Chameroy (@bchameroy) January 19, 2016
With #twitterdown I spent a few hours with my family. They seem like nice people.- Matt (@KingTweets23) January 19, 2016
"Did you turn it off and then on again?" #twitterdown- Richard Hay (@WinObs) January 19, 2016
Hell sure Twitter isn't working I got 0 notifications ... No wait that's normal I get 0 notifications everyday. #twitterdown- Fatima. (@famenatioon) January 19, 2016
You know nothing, Twitter.#twitterdown- Jon Snow (@LordSnow) January 19, 2016
"Tweets aren't loading please tap to retry"Me: *taps violently on the screen* Please. Work. I'm. In. Need. Of. Socializing#twitterdown- Niall Horan (@explicitnouirry) January 19, 2016
Things I found out today:My shoes have tornI have 243 job offers on LinkedinJustin Bieber's new album is not bad#TwitterDown- Sagarcasm (@sagarcasm) January 19, 2016