Posted on Wednesday, January 20th 2010, 9:38 am by Andro

Here’s an equally interesting AND alarming article via WPIX regarding a brief Twitter outage following the 6.1 magnitude earthquake which rocked Haiti early this morning (1/20/10)around 6am EST. Described as a “tidal wave of tweets” it appears the Twitter website and supporting apps (UberTwitter, Twitteriffic, etc) were overwhelmed by a bombardment of tweets from worldwide users as news of the earthquake spread. Read the full article at the jump.

Via: @WPIX

SAN FRANCISCO (WPIX)– A temporary outage on microblogging website Twitter Wednesday morning may have been caused by a tidal wave of tweets responding to Haiti’s strong 6.1 magnitude aftershock.

The aftershock occurred at 6:03 a.m., according to the U.S. Geological Survey, shaking buildings and sending people running to the streets.

Just as news began to spread of the quake, the Twitter fail whale graced the site’s homepage for about an hour and a half beginning at 6:30 a.m. and cited “too many tweets” causing “over capacity.”

By 7:25 a.m., Twitter’s Status page addressed the outage, stating: “We are experiencing an outage due to an extremely high number of whales. Our on-call team is working on a fix.”

IsTwitterBroken.com also stated that there was “a high volume of odd traffic and status discussion.”

The outage also affected hundreds of other web and smartphone apps that use Twitter API (application programming interface).

Twitter service was restored just before 8 a.m. and the website stated: “We are recovering from this incident. A sudden failure coupled with problems in switching to a backup system produced a high number of errors for around 90 minutes. This made the site largely inaccessible. No data was lost or compromised during this outage.” Sent via BlackBerry from T-Mobile

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