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Twitter breaks after server problems

Emma Barnett

Published 06/04/2011 | 10:53

Twitter failed yesterday for several hours. Photo: Getty Images
Twitter failed yesterday for several hours. Photo: Getty Images

Twitter had to resort to displaying the old version of the site yesterday after experiencing severe technical difficulties for several hours.

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Last month the microblogging site announced that it had moved its server infrastructure to a new secret location.

At the time Twitter spokespeople said the company was confident that the new servers would allow it to “constantly stay abreast” of its capacity needs and improve the reliability of the site.

However, yesterday Twitter was forced to resort to an old version of the site, posting a message on its Twitter’s web page which explains the service’s status, saying: “We've temporarily disabled #NewTwitter. Our engineers are working on re-enabling it and we'll update you shortly."

Last year Twitter unveiled a major facelift, updating many of its core features, including search and its recommendation engine.

According to Reuters, Twitter’s new custom built data centre in Utah, which is meant to house the site’s data and operations, has been plagued with problems forcing the site to move most of the site's operations to a facility in Sacramento, California instead.

Some people were not able to access the old version of the site and were greeted with a page telling them that there was “something technically wrong”.

Earlier this week Twitter created a ‘who to follow’ set of lists, which contain the ‘most useful tweeters’ on a particular area, in a bid to help people use the service.

Telegraph.co.uk

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