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Twitter Down: Distributed Denial of Service Attack (DDOS)

August 6, 2009

Twitter.com is offline and has been for several hours now.

The Twitter blog says the service has been under a Distributed Denial of Service (DDOS) attack.

Twitter DDOS Attack Outage

Twitter DDOS Attack Outage

40+ million people like myself from around the world have come to rely on Twitter.

Recently, I became concerned with Twitter’s ability to preserve let alone archive my Tweets so I set up my on rudimentary ReTweetings backup on my personal blog.

Why?

Because, if Twitter can’t keep their service up – how can I trust they will keep my Tweets preserved?

If Twitter hopes to become the “pulse of the planet” they will first need to figure out how to check and keep their own pulse beating.