What Happens When Twitter is Down?

Posted by | August 06, 2009 | Twitter | 2 Comments

Sometime in the mid-morning I was trying to send a quick Direct Message via TweetDeck to one of my valued network contacts and it didn’t go through. I waited and tried a few more times, and after further failures – I headed directly to Twitter.

My Internet connection was good – I could navigate other sites, but when I tried visiting Twitter, I got a “network timeout” message stating that the server at Twitter.com was taking too long to respond.

Then I went to Google and searched for: [Twitter down]

I uncovered Twitter’s status blog and another helpful site appropriately named downforeveryoneorjustme and found out that Twitter was defending against a denial-of-service attack.

Ouch. Well, since it was obvious I wasn’t going to get my Direct Message through to my contact, you know what I did?

Yep – I picked up the phone and I called her.

Imagine that!

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About Glen Cathey

Glen Cathey is a sourcing and recruiting thought leader with over 16 years of experience working in large staffing agency and global RPO environments (>1,000 recruiters and nearly 100,000 hires annually). Starting out his career as a top producing recruiter, he quickly advanced into senior management roles and now currently serves as the SVP of Strategic Talent Acquisition and Innovation for Kforce, working out of their renowned National Recruiting Center with over 300 recruiters. Often requested to speak on sourcing and recruiting best practices, trends and strategies, Glen has traveled internationally to present at many talent acquisition conferences (5X LinkedIn Talent Connect - U.S. '10, '11, '12, Toronto '12, London '12, 2X Australasian Talent Conference - Sydney & Melbourne '11, '12, 6X SourceCon, 2X TruLondon, 2X HCI) and is regularly requested to present to companies (e.g., PwC, Deloitte, Intel, Booz Allen Hamilton, Citigroup, etc.). This blog is his personal passion and does not represent the views or opinions of anyone other than himself.

  • http://blog.edmondoklahomesforsale.com Ryan Hukill

    What is this ‘calling’ thing you speak of?

  • http://www.myairapplications.com/ Taufiq Hasan

    Wow..unfortunately i was not access twitter when it down.. :)