When there’s something to joke about, we head to Twitter. Want to complain about something? Tweet it. But what happens if the thing we want to complain about is Twitter itself, and it’s…DOWN?
Well, starting in the early hours of Friday morning, that is exactly the predicament that Twitter users across the globe were faced with.
What outage? I’ve been tweeting up a storm!
If you have no idea what we’re talking about, you’re lucky. The west coast was pretty much spared of any Twitter trouble, while other areas of the globe experienced a variety of issues including sending messages, attaching images, and retweeting.
According to Down Detector, the outage had the biggest impact in Japan; Europe (especially the UK and France,) New York, and other spots along the East Coast. Reports indicate that this glitch was particularly annoying in the sense that the site would be up for 20 minutes..down for another 20…and so on. If anyone cracked open their laptop to sneak around the problem, it was soon clear that both the mobile and web versions were having problems.
Twitter Support seemed to be on the case, acknowledging the issue with a tweet (from the west coast, we assume) around 5:30 am PST today.
Some users are currently experiencing problems accessing Twitter & Tweeting. We are aware of the issue and are working towards a resolution.
— Twitter Support (@Support) May 19, 2017
While the app was down, there’s no doubt that users were furiously typing up and saving drafts in reaction to the debacle, with their thumbs ready to press “Tweet” as soon as they could. And boy was it worth the wait.
The best reactions
Me when Twitter goes down for 5 minutes: pic.twitter.com/2PSweF9eBH
— Eric Fawcett (@Efawcett7) May 19, 2017
TWITTER WENT DOWN AND MY DIGITAL LIFE FLASHED BEFORE MY EYES
— Jack Posobiec ?? (@JackPosobiec) May 19, 2017
With Twitter being down this morning, I was able to find out my daughter’s first name. She seems lovely.
— Kim Monte (@KimmyMonte) May 19, 2017
honestly the thing that made me angriest about twitter being down is that i couldnt go on twitter and complain about twitter being down
— marisa (@blurryoungjae) May 19, 2017
Using Facebook when Twitter is down is so awkward. Like going to your hometown, seeing all the people that haven’t changed since high school
— Brianna Wu (@Spacekatgal) May 19, 2017
When you try to send a tweet but Twitter is down. pic.twitter.com/35uUluuAK5
— Server Error (@Competition) May 19, 2017
that feeling when you go to twitter to tweet about twitter being down, but twitter is down so you can’t tweet about twitter being down
— ? tiny bear (@HANAbear_) May 19, 2017
When Twitter is down, so you actually have to do work <<< pic.twitter.com/LSc10vwW7V
— ronald isley (@yoyotrav) May 19, 2017
Twitter being down was such a traumatic experience. I’ve never gone through such a long time without online validation. I almost died.
— Parvati (@teztikelz) May 19, 2017
The good news is Twitter seems to be working fine now - just in time for the weekend. The bad news? With this being the fourth major Twitter outage of the year, so something tells us there are many LOL-worthy tweets like this in our future. (Nevermind, that’s just more good news.)