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Twitter suffers site-wide outage due to a ‘cascading bug’

Twitter suffered a double global outage on Thursday, with the service down for over 2 hours.

The website, as well as the mobile and desktop apps went down at around 12:30PM (BST) but everything now appears to be functioning once again.

During that period, users were unable to send or receive tweets and the Earth stopped turning. Ok, maybe not the last part, but it did stop us spouting several seemingly-insightful-at-the-time observations.

“Users may be experiencing issues accessing Twitter. Our engineers are currently working to resolve the issue.”

Twitter’s Carolyn Penner told the AllThingsD site.

Mazen Rawashdeh, a Twitter vice president of engineering, wrote in a blog post:

“This wasn’t due to a hack or our new office or Euro 2012 or GIF avatars, as some have speculated today”

“We are currently conducting a comprehensive review to ensure that we can avoid this chain of events in the future”

Where’s the Fail Whale when you need it?

This is the longest period of global downtime since the days of the infamous Fail Whale, when the site made a habit of finding itself over capacity.

Everything is up and running again now, but there’s no word on what caused the outage. We’ll let you know if there’s an update.

On its status blog, Twitter added:

“Update: The issue has been resolved and all services are currently operational.”

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