Twitter Outages – How it Would Affect the Future of this Social Media Platform?

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Twitter encountered trouble and several disruptions on Tuesday. This social media platform reported that more than 300 million users in the world couldn’t log into the social network.

Twitter Outages - How it Would Affect the Future of this Social Media Platform?

Twitter Outages – How it Would Affect the Future of this Social Media Platform?

The real cause of the technical problems is the result of a recent change in coding, according to Twitter.

“The intermittent issue affecting some users between 00:40 to 06:50 PST has now been resolved. The issue was related to an internal code change. We reverted the change, which fixed the issue. Thank you for your patience.”

The outages started at 3 am Eastern time. For five hours, the site was down while Twitter programmers struggled to mitigate the problem that affected thousands of users worldwide.

Twitter outages were not confined to a specific region. Even though DownDetector said that the outages were contracted in Europe, users from Europe to Asia reported having experienced the problem.

In Asia, however, the outages were seemed to be concentrated in Japan.

These outages are not new to Twitter. In fact, the social media platform has experienced several outages since its birth.

In the last several days, however, Twitter reported that some users experienced outages. Although most outages lasted for several minutes, Tuesday’s problem lasted for hours.

Four years ago, Twitter also experienced a 40-minute outage that led the company to announce in its official blog post the reason of its outage was the result of a data centre failure.

“The cause of today’s outage came from within our data centers. Data centers are designed to be redundant: when one system fails (as everything does at one time or another), a parallel system takes over. What was noteworthy about today’s outage was the coincidental failure of two parallel systems at nearly the same time.”

Now, people are asking how these recent shutdowns would affect Twitter, which we all know is faltering.

On Monday, the company’s stocks experienced the lowest price since 2013. To make the matters worse, some users on Facebook mocked Twitter’s shutdown.

Facebook and Twitter have faced almost the same challenges.

Neither of them didn’t experience a positive impact during its initial public offering. However, the former blossomed in the IPO with its shares doubling in value over the last few years. It has also beaten Twitter in terms of user growth. During the first quarter of 2015, Facebook reported having 1.44 billion active users per month. Twitter, on the other hand, reported to only have 307 million active users per month during its third quarter report last year. 

But it’s not only the user growth that Twitter has to face. Its leadership also struggled and it has been witnessed by the public. Most of its biggest supporters expressed how unhappy they are with Twitter’s vision. One of its shareholders suggested that the platform could go farther if it offers a more user-friendly interface that’s easy to navigate.

Twitter, however, made some changes in the recent months. Then, it reinstalled Jack Dorsey as CEO. The company also acquired Periscope. There are also reports that the platform will expand its character limits to 10,000 characters, which is a move that may allow users more flexibility.

For now, Twitter hasn’t made any further announcements about the recent outages. The shutdown, however, has proven one thing. That is there are still millions of users who still care about the platform.

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Author: Jane Danes

Jane has a lifelong passion for writing. As a blogger, she loves writing breaking technology news and top headlines about gadgets, content marketing and online entrepreneurship and all things about social media. She also has a slight addiction to pizza and coffee.

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