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It’s all good to talk about the big-picture goals for Twitter but the company is still having problems keeping its service alive in the face of rising usage. Today, after the Netherlands upset Brazil in the World Cup, Twitter admitted to “a period of high unavailability.”

It’s all good to talk about the big-picture goals for Twitter (as we did earlier this morning), but the company is still having problems keeping its service alive in the face of rising usage. Today, after the Netherlands upset Brazil in the World Cup, Twitter admitted to “a period of high unavailability” that appeared to last at least an hour.

Just before 9 a.m. PT, the Dutch kicked the favorites out of the tournament in a 2-1 victory after an own goal sent Brazil into a downward spiral.

Shortly afterwards, Twitter stopped loading, started throwing up “bad gateway” errors and only let through intermittent tweets. Twitter posted on its status blog that it was investigating “elevated error rates,” then updated to call the situation “unplanned downtime.” At 9:55 a.m. it was “recovering from a period of high unavailability.”

The World Cup has been hard on Twitter, with the ends of games setting all-time records for number of tweets per second. Last week at the final whistle of Japan beating Denmark 3-1, there were 3,283 tweets per second, besting the previous record of 3,085, when the Lakers beat the Celtics last month. It’s quite possible that Netherlands-Brazil tweeting set another record, that is if the outage didn’t prevent too many tweets from being sent.

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  1. Coolrepublica Friday, July 2, 2010

    Twitter is a marketer’s dream platform. More so than facebook will ever be. They need money and engineers and servers and watch them sail.

    Google can be that benifactor right now. They should invest on Twitter and get get first refusal at buyout.

    I am saying again. Twitter is more powerful than facebook.

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  2. As much as I love Twitter as a business intelligence tool, this article proves once again that Twitter will not be there for us when we need it most (terrorist attack, market crash, etc.)

    Regards,
    George

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