LONDON – People around the world briefly experienced problems accessing Twitter on Thursday, a day before the 2012 Olympic Games are expected to cause a spike in use of the micro-blogging site.
About three hours after the San Francisco company first acknowledged the problem by saying its engineers were currently working to resolve the issue, Twitter said in a statement that the site issue had been resolved.
It did not go into further detail on what caused the glitch – the second time in just over a month that the site has been hit by problems.
Sluggishness or outages were reported for more than an hour in countries in the Americas, Europe, Asia, and Africa. Some users were able to post updates through their phones or third-party applications.
While the site was affected, many self-proclaimed Twitter refugees had flooded Facebook with complaints about Twitter. As usual following outages, WhileTwitterWasDown was one of the most-talked about topics on Twitter in the United States. Users cracked jokes about their regained productivity as a result of the downtime – or going outside to get some sunshine.
Twitter said in March that it has more than 140 million active users and that the service sees 340 million Tweets a day.