Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Sneaky Twitter, or My Imagination?

Twitter Downtime src="" width="532" height="348" /> 

Fairly surprisingly, twitter went down today (for what appeared to be no rhyme or reason), but
something much more surprising happened when it did.  A tweet I posted ( href="">from my own, self-coded twitter client that has no “store
tweets until twitter is back up” system) was there on the site when it came back up (viewable in the image

I’m not entirely sure if this is what I want to think it is, but could it be that
twitter has a secondary service that stores tweets that come in via the API until the system is back up, or
something?  I didn’t think the update had posted at all, as the API didn’t return any of the proper
data (nor an error).

So, is this just a coincidence, or does twitter have a system in
store to keep the stream flowing even when its not?


  1. No, it's not your imagination. It just happened to me when I was trying to post
    to Twitter using Brizzly (which uses the API, mind you). I would get an error when posting through Brizzly,
    but when Twitter came back, my tweets appeared to have been posted.

    I think Twitter does
    have a system in store to keep the stream flowing when it's not.

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