Twitter Blames Unexpected Downtime to "Error" in Routine Maintenance

For some, the world came to a screeching halt Monday afternoon, from around 1:08pm PDT to 1:33pm PDT. We're talking about Twitter addicts, who had to deal with an unexpected outage and find some other outlet for their barrage of witty 140-character (or less) musings. Oh, the horror!

We kid, of course -- Twitter's a great tool if you have something interesting to share or funny to say, and if you're a Twitter user, we hope you're following HotHardware. But we're not joking about the downtime.

"Due to an error in a routine change, Twitter was not available from 1:08pm PDT to 1:33pm PDT. We rolled back the erroneous change as soon as we identified the issue," Twitter stated in a blog post. "Additionally, some users may have experienced Tweet delivery delay from 1:33pm PDT and 1:53pm PDT. We apologize for the inconvenience."

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The microblogging site said that some users may still be experiencing issues and that its team of engineers is working to resolve the problem. What exactly that issue is, we don't know, as Twitter kept it vague by referring to it as an "error" in what would otherwise be just a routine change.

It's been a bit of a rocky year for Twitter. In January, the microblogging site went down three separate times (a TKO, if you will), followed by several niggling issues between then and now. Prior to that, the last major outage was in July 2012. This latest disruption comes on the heels of Twitter announcing that its Vine video sharing application is now available on Android.