Twitter users endured second major outage this summer

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You could be forgiven for thinking the Internet was broken Thursday morning. Twitter went down as of 8:40 a.m. PST and news of that meltdown comes on the heels of high-profile outages of Google Chat and Windows Azure.

The only difference is that news of the Google and Microsoft snafus spread like wildfire on Twitter whereas there was no way to track the Twitter outage on, um, Twitter.

Reached for comment, a Twitter spokeswoman said: “We’re aware of the issue and are looking into it. Will let you know when we have an update.”

This outage, which surely has Twitter addicts (like say, myself)  in a panic, comes just a month after another outage rocked the popular social networking site in June.

10:00 AM PST: Twitter appears to be staggering back, with Tweets getting through for a few users. The site Down Right Now continues to monitor Twitter’s outage.

10:35 AM PST: Twitter finally appears to be back up for most users, although the company’s status blog still has no update on why the outage occurred.

Photo courtesy of Shutterstock user  Julien Tromeur

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