If it has not been displayed enough, pasted on most of the ads crowding today’s webpages or even occupying every available block on commercialized television, the 2012 Olympic Games premiere tomorrow in London at 7:30 p.m. EDT. So what does Twitter do when the world is preparing for this major international athletic event? It crashes and leaves eager micro-bloggers with a comforting message, “Twitter is currently down” at at 11:23 a.m. EDT.
The website was disabled for about 40 minutes and then briefly recovered until it became unavailable again at 12:45 p.m. EDT. The problem continued for about two more hours until the day was saved and users could continue tweeting about the Olympics, their cat’s favorite sweater or other daily antics.
When asking what the source of the problem was, the company blamed the malfunction on two data center failures. Twitter Inc. said in a blog posting that the parallel systems went down at the same time, which usually does not happen.
This has not been the first mishap in Twitter’s young history. The website was down in early June and disabled users from tweeting for two hours. Again, the setback was blamed on a technical glitch. After its booming conception in 2006, Twitter suffered from frequent outages caused by its explosive growth. Most of those outages have subsided over the past couple of years, but apparently, not completely vanished.
It makes sense that a service with over 140 million users worldwide, distributing up to 340 million tweets a day might encounter a bump in the road once in a while but can this powerful website make such sacrifices when one of the most climactic sporting events commences tomorrow?
Outraged users from the Americas, Europe, Asia, and Africa stormed off to other competing social media sites like Facebook, to express their anger about their concerns. Having 818 tweets as of today and 1,138,433 followers and counting, the Olympic Games’ Twitter page publishes its tweets to a great deal of viewers relying on its data. Users want to read tweets about their favorite athletes recent records or how London is adjusting to the dramatic geographical transformation. If Twitter continues to crash, the Olympic Games will decrease in follower-ship, users will run to other social media sites and readers will not receive the tweets they want when they are on the go or simply curious about the athletic spectacle and what records will be broken in the next coming weeks.