UPDATE (Jan 20): Twitter said the outage was caused by an “internal code change.”
UPDATE (9:00 a.m. ET): Twitter appears to be back up and running for some users, following a worldwide outage Tuesday morning.
According to user reports, some users were able to access their timelines and even tweet messages around 9 a.m. ET; however, according to Twitter’s developer site, the platform is still experiencing a “service disruption” with timelines and streams.
Twitter’s support account has not yet issued an update about the outage.
Twitter Inc. was only sporadically available to users on Tuesday, suffering technical problems that have lasted more than two hours.
The company, which has 320 million active users, tweeted that it is aware of the issue and is trying to fix it. The announcement was sent at 3:41 a.m. Eastern Time.
Users said the service was not accessible on desktop computers. Twitter’s blog posts, corporate info and most other pages on the Twitter.com website were also inaccessible, displaying the blue error screen.
Twitter’s mobile app was partially functioning for some users but its timeline updated new tweets sporadically. Its search function appeared disabled as some hashtags or keyword searches returned no results. Users’ profile pages appeared to be accessible from the mobile app.
Third party services, such as the TweetDeck service, also returned a blank page.
Twitter has suffered several service disruptions so far this year. On Monday, some users could not access Twitter on mobile and web for about 10 minutes. The service was disrupted on Friday for about 20 minutes.
But the sporadic outage allowed panicked Twitter users to share what they were doing during #TwitterDown. Here is some of the best user reaction:
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