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Twitter Briefly Goes Down, Silencing Millions Of Horrible, Unnecessary Twitter Jokes

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The Twitter Inc. logo is displayed on the facade of the company's headquarters in San Francisco, California, U.S., on Thursday, Nov. 7, 2013. Twitter Inc. surged 85 percent in its trading debut, as investors paid a premium for its promises of fast growth. Photographer: David Paul Morris/Bloomberg via Getty Images | Bloomberg via Getty Images

UPDATE: Twitter appears to be up and running again.

That tapping you hear is millions of bored office workers simultaneously hitting their keyboards trying to get Twitter to reload. The social network unexpectedly went down after 2 p.m. EST on Tuesday.

The websites "Is It Down Right Now?" and "downrightnow," which monitor these sorts of website outages, both indicate that Twitter cannot be accessed right now.

When you try to log on to Twitter on a web browser, this is what you see:

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New tweets aren't loading on Twitter's iOS app, either.

"Is It Down Right Now?" claims the outage is universal.

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"Most users are experiencing issues accessing Twitter on web and mobile apps," Twitter says on its website. "We’re looking into it."

Hold your tweeting thumbs tight. We'll update you as Twitter soon gets back online.

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