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Twitter Goes Through Growing Pains…Applies Brakes

Looks like Twitter is fast becoming a victim of its own success.

Over the past weekend, the microblogging platform seems to have had a major bout of traffic/resource overload and indigestion and went offline for 48 hours or more.

When she came back, she came back sans direct messaging and pagination (I believe it refers to a backlog beyond your first page of tweets).

In addition to conserve resources, third party apps like Twhirl, can’t seem to do API calls more than once every 5 minutes.

This should take a number of steps to increase scalability and stability, although it will take quite a bit away from the “real time” nature of the hybrid IM/blogging type service.

Beyond being a juicy piece of M&A bait for one of the Google-Yahoo-Microsoft tirumvirate, I’m not sure if Twitter has a viable business model, beyond grabbing marketshare and mindshare for the microblogging space.

If you’ve thoughts on the issue, post your comments below:

3 comments on Twitter Goes Through Growing Pains…Applies Brakes

  1. Stephan Miller
    May 29, 2008 at 3:42 am (9 years ago)

    I only recently started using Twitter. Right before all the recent issues. They have definitely created something that people use. When Twitter went down multiple times, I started looking for similar sites without too much luck. It’s simple and it works. And hopefully a company with some money and a business plan picks it up.

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