UPDATE 6/9/2010 12:05 PM ET: The "fail whale" just won't go away! Twitter has been suffering an unusual long period of downtime--nearly an hour, according to some users. Twitter has just posted an update on its official status blog informing users it is "experiencing site availability issues -- additional latency and errors -- this morning. "
UPDATE 3/11/2010 5:53PM: Twitter is experiencing slow connectivity for many users today, and appears to have been going down repeatedly over the past several days.
If Twitter goes down, here are three ways you can check on its status:
The official Twitter status blog tracks outages with the microblogging service and will list problems that have come to Twitter's attention.
The site DownForEveryoneOrJustMe.com also helps you gauge whether you're the only one having Twitter problems.
Finally, you can use the Twitter feed below to get real-time updates from tweeters.
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UPDATE 6:37PM: It appears Twitter is back up and running!
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UPDATE 6:27PM: There's still no official word from Twitter on whether Twitter is down, so let us know: Are your tweets getting through or are you experiencing problems? Are your client apps like Tweetdeck or Seesmic working even if the site isn't? We want to hear from you!
You can check Twitter's status on its official blog, or on the site DownForEveryoneOrJustMe.com
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It appears Twitter is down!
Are you having problems tweeting? If so, it's not just you.
Users are tweeting that they are experiencing outages with Twitter. One Twitterer, AnalogC, wrote: 'Twitter has been over capacity for like 20 mins, so something major must be going down. But I have no way of finding out what it is [...] '
The Twitter homepage is not loading properly, but instead displays an image of the Twitter 'fail whale' with a caption that reads, 'Twitter is over capacity.'
You can also check if Twitter is down on the Twitter status blog here. Although users report problems with the site, the blog does not currently list any outages.
Follow the Twitter feed below for real-time updates on the Twitter outage.