A hacker attack Thursday shut down the fast-growing messaging service
Twitter, and Facebook also said it was looking into possible site
problems, writes Barbara Oututray in thetimes.co.za.
Twitter said in its status blog Thursday that it was ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã…â€œdefending against a denial-of-service attack,ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã‚Â in which hackers command scores of computers to a single site at the same time, preventing legitimate traffic from getting through.
For Twitter users, the outage meant no tweeting about lunch plans, the weather or the fact that Twitter is down.
The Twitter outage began at about 9 a.m. EDT (1300 GMT), said Ken Godskind, chief strategy officer at Web performance monitoring company AlertSite.
The site still had lingering access problems midday (local time), though both Twitter and Facebook seemed to be functioning at least intermittently, giving cubicle-bound social media addicts a collective sigh of relief.
Allison Koski, a public-relations manager in Manhattan, said she felt ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã…â€œcompletely lostÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã‚Â without Twitter.
ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã…â€œI had to Google search Twitter to find out what was going on, when normally my Twitter feed gives me all the breaking news I need,ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã‚Â Koski said.
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